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World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018: Osteria Francescana tops this year’s list.

epicure 20 June 2018
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The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 have been announced, with Spain and U.S.A. dominating the list.

Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore of Osteria Francescana | Copyright: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

It was one of the most anticipated nights of the year in the global F&B calendar: the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018, presented by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. The all-important list was revealed on 19 June at an exclusive awards ceremony in Bilbao, attended by VIPs, top toques and restaurateurs.

The big winner of the night was Osteria Francescana reclaiming the prestigious No. 1 spot (formerly No.2), with El Celler de Can Roca claiming second place on the list.

Spain and U.S.A. tied with seven winners each, with restaurants like last year’s No.1, Eleven Madison Park (No.4 on the 2018 list) and Mugaritz (No.9) on the coveted list. Disfrutar in Barcelona not only took home the No.18 spot, but was also awarded the Highest New Entry.

First-time entrants to The World’s 50 Best list included Disfrutar, Lyle’s (No.38) and Mikla (No.44).

A shining moment for Julien Royer, chef-owner of Odette (No.28) | Copyright: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

The biggest surprise of the night was Odette (No. 5 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list), who flew our national flag high with Singapore’s first entry into the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list at No. 28. Chef Julien Royer, whose recipes appeared on the cover pages of the January 2018 issue of epicure, offers an inimitably enchanting experience at his French fine dining restaurant in National Gallery. 

Here are all of this year’s winners:

Miele One To Watch: SingleThread (California, U.S.A.)

50. The Test Kitchen (Cape Town, Africa), also The Best Restaurant in Africa

49. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand)

48. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)

47. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)

46. Saison (San Francisco, U.S.A.)

45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London, U.K.)

44. Mikla (Istanbul, Turkey) [New entry]

43. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain), also Sustainable Restaurant Award

42. The Ledbury (London, U.K.)

41. Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan)

40. Septime (Paris, France)

39. Astrid y Gastón (Lima, Peru)

38. Lyle’s (London, U.K.) [New entry]

37. Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)

36. Reale (Castel Di Sangro, Italy)

The World’s Best Pastry Chef: Cédric Grolet

35. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway)

34. Alinea (Chicago, U.S.A.)

33. The Clove Club (London, U.K.)

32. Tickets (Barcelona, Spain)

31. Arzak (San Sebastian, Spain)

Chefs’ Choice Award: Dan Barber

30. D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)

29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)

28. Odette (Singapore)

27. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)

26. Le Benardin (New York, U.S.A.)

elit Vodka World’s Best Female Chef: Clare Smyth

25. Cosme (New York, U.S.A.)

24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, China)

23. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)

22. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)

21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)

20. Attica (Melbourne, Australia), also Best Restaurant in Australasia

19. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark), also The Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award

18. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain), also Highest New Entry

17. Den (Tokyo, Japan) also, Highest Climber Award

16. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)

15. White Rabbit (Moscow Russia)

14. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)

13. Pujol (Mexico city, Mexico)

12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (New York, U.S.A.)

11. Quintonil (Mexico city, Mexico)

The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award: Gastón Acurio

10. Asador Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)

9. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)

8. Arpège (Paris, France)

7. Maido (Lima, Peru)

6. Central (Lima, Peru), also The Best Restaurant in South America

5. Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand), also The Best Restaurant in Asia

4. Eleven Madison Park (New York, U.S.A.), also The Best Restaurant in North America

3. Mirazur (Menton, France)

2. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)

1. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy), also The Best Restaurant in Europe

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