Eleven Madison Park tops list of world’s 50 best

The New York restaurant beat Osteria Francescana and El Celler de Can Roca to the top spot in the 2017 list of the world's 50 best restaurants

Seven years after first appearing on the list in 50th place, Eleven Madison Park took the number one spot at the awards celebrated in Melbourne. Daniel Humm and Will Guidara were elated when they collected the award at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, celebrated in Melbourne yesterday.

The list saw six new entries, among them Alléno Paris au Pavillion Ledoyen, which was the highest new entry at 31, and Enrique Olvera’s New York restaurant Cosme making its debut in 40th spot. Three re-entries included Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, which returned to the list in 13th spot. The highest climber was Dan Barber’s pioneering Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, rising 37 places to 11th on the list.

France doubled its number of restaurants on the list from three to six, while Spain retains six, three of those in the top 10. Asia was represented by ten restaurants and there are eight entries from Latin America.

Dominique Ansel, of Cronut fame, was named the world’s best pastry chef; Ana Ros of Hisa Franko in Slovenia the world’s best female chef while El Celler de can Roca picked up the Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality award.

Heston Blumenthal admitted to mixed feelings when he picked up his Diner’s Club lifetime achievement award, calling it a great honour while also feeling that he was being “put out to graze”. Peruvian Virgilio Martinez collected the Chef’s Choice award and Septime in Paris was named the most sustainable restaurant.

“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,” said William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “We congratulate each one, as well as all the individual award winners, on their remarkable achievements, innovation and creative passion.”

Tina Nielsen