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The team behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants listing have revealed their latest initiative to recognise global gastronomic tourism, reports Tina Nielsen

Over the past 17 years, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has become known as one of the definitive lists of the restaurants to visit around the world, while the Worlds 50 Best Bars ranking serves as the equivalent for drinking destinations of choice.

The two lists, alongside the regional editions in Asia and Latin America, which each extend to the top 100 restaurants and bars, offer guidance to a relatively limited selection of places to go to enjoy good food and drink, at home and away. No longer content with providing recommendations through its annual rankings and awards, the team has now announced the latest addition to the 50 Best family – 50 Best Discovery provides a gastronomic map of more than 1,600 dining and drinking destinations recommended by the experts who vote on the 50 Best Restaurants list.

Gastronomic adventures

“Gastronomic tourism has become a cultural phenomenon in recent years, evident in the rapid expansion of our social media followers to more than two million and the continued growth of our global events,” says William Drew, director of content for 50 Best.

“For the first time, we are now able to offer a comprehensive library featuring a vast number of restaurants and bars. For food and drink lovers, this is the ultimate map of the world; essential for planning gastronomic adventures.”

Essentially 50 Best Discovery provides a database of those establishments that don’t receive enough votes from the 50 Best Restaurants Academy to make the cut for the list. As a result, 50 Best Discovery goes beyond the extended top 100 to provide a deeper selection of dining and drinking destinations in 75 countries.

Independent voters

“This exciting new way to explore the world is completely guided by the recommendations from the 1,700-plus independent expert voters behind the 50 Best restaurant and bar rankings,” says Drew.

“Never before have the best local and international destinations in which to eat and drink been featured in one place, on one intuitive website. We are confident that it will become a go-to resource for anyone looking for a reliable gastronomic experience almost anywhere in the world.”

The selection combines destinations from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, The World’s 50 Best Bars, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Bars rankings and other locations to comprise a diverse range of restaurants and bars, empirically recommended by its Academy. This 1,700-strong Academy comprises the world’s leading food and drink writers, chefs, restaurateurs, bar owners and gastronomes.

Tina Nielsen