A New York restaurant has claimed the top spot in a 2017 list of the world’s best places to eat.
Eleven Madison Park was crowned the winner at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Melbourne.
So the World’s Best Restaurant is… Eleven Madison Park! #Worlds50Best
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The list is created by votes from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a 1,000-strong panel made up of international food writers, critics, chefs and restaurateurs.
Now in its 15th year, the list saw six new entries and three re-entries with a 22 countries represented.
Last year’s winner Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, was knocked in to second place, but retained its title as the best restaurant in Europe.
Watch the ceremony here:
After debuting on the list at No.50 in 2010, Eleven Madison Park has hovered in the top 10 since 2012, rising to No.3 last year.
The restaurant is owned by Will Guidara and Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, who created a fine-dining experience which blurs the line between the kitchen and the dining-room in art deco building.
Celebrating the win, Mr Guidara thanked his team but joked “don’t wreck the restaurant”.
Will Guidara thanks his team at Eleven Madison Park… but tells them “don’t wreck the restaurant!” #Worlds50Best
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America, France and Spain each claimed six spots on the list.
The 2017 list also features:
- Seven restaurants from Asia
- Five restaurants from South America
- Two restaurants from Australasia
William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is
proud to bring together the leaders in global gastronomy for this annual celebration.
“All 50 restaurants represent the very best culinary experiences and talent.We congratulate each one, as well as all the individuals award winners, on their remarkable achievements, innovation and creative passion.”
UK chef Heston Blumenthal, famous for his inventive dishes such as snail porridge, bacon and egg ice cream and parsnip cereal, was handed a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Heston Blumenthal accepts the trophy for The— Kunal Kapur (@ChefKunalKapur) April 5, 2017
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