The 2018 World’s Best Restaurants, 51-100, announced

The 2018 list is marked by geographic diversity as restaurants in 23 countries are included among those ranked

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, has announced the 2018 list of restaurants ranked 51-100, in advance of the annual awards ceremony next week, which will this year take place in Bilbao.

The 51-100 ranking of the 2018 list includes 15 new entries from 12 different countries; and restaurants from 23 countries spread across five continents – proof, if any was needed, that the world of gastronomy is expanding every year.

With eight restaurants included among the 51-100, the US takes the lead in representation, followed by Spain with six restaurants and two new entries. Germany has four retsurants included and Canada makes its first apperance on the list since 2002 as Toronto’s Alo enters at 94.

Geographic diversity

“We are delighted to be featuring such an impressive number of new entries on the 51-100 list this year. The global spread is testament to the geographic diversity of culinary excellence celebrated on this extended list and at our annual awards,” said William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

“We are particularly thrilled that so many of the chefs and restaurateurs from the 51-100 list will be joining us in person at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in Bilbao on 19 June. It is an honour to acknowledge the world’s most exciting new culinary talent, as well as celebrating perennial favourites.”

Among the notable inclusions is Florilege in Tokyo, which jumps 40 places to 59thspot on the list this year. The highest new entry is Suhring in Bangkok, Thailand; while Colombia sees its first entry on the extended list with Leo Espinosa’s Leo restaurant in Bogotá making its debut at 99. Espinosa was named Best Female Chef in the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants last year.

The full 2018 list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be announced at a celebration in Bilbao, Spain, next week. The list is decided by a voting panel made up of 1,000 international industry experts.

Tina Nielsen

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