Melbourne hosted The World’s 50 Best Restaurants event which last night gave the coveted top gong to New York’s Eleven Madison Park.
Now in its 15th year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list last night welcomed six new entries and three re-entries to the 2017 ranking at a gala event in Melbourne. Showcasing a broad cross-section of cultures and cuisines, it includes restaurants from 22 countries across five continents. France, Spain and the USA each count six restaurants on the list.
In claiming the No.1 position on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Eleven Madison Park (above) earns the dual titles of The World’s Best Restaurant and The Best Restaurant in North America.
After debuting on the list at No.50 in 2010, Eleven Madison Park has hovered within the top 10 since 2012, rising to No.3 last year. The restaurant’s co-owners, Will Guidara and Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, enhance the fine-dining experience with a sense of fun, blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room. Housed in an art deco building overlooking New York’s Madison Park, the restaurant’s multi-course seasonal tasting menu celebrates the city’s rich history and culinary traditions.
Last year’s No.1, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, claims the No.2 position to retain its title as The Best Restaurant in Europe.
Host country Australia boasts two restaurants on the list. At No. 32, Attica in Melbourne retains its title as The Best Restaurant in Australasia, while Brae in regional Victoria, headed by chef Dan Hunter, is a first-time entry debuting at No.44.