French restaurant Mirazur helmed by Argentina-born chef Mauro Colagreco tops the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list.

Touted as the year of change for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, this is the first year that the awards are held in an Asian city, Singapore, and the first time that a new ruling sees restaurants that have taken top spot in previous years graduated to a ‘Best of the Best’ list. In one stroke, illustrious restaurants such as Osteria Francescana, El Celler de Can Roca, Eleven Madison Park and the first Noma (but not the new Noma, opened early last year at a new location in a completely new incarnation) were ruled out of the game. The organisers also declared that they achieved a 50-50 gender balance in the voting academy made up of chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and gourmands from 26 regions across the world.

The winning team from Mirazur worlds 50 best restaurants 2019 awards

The winning team from Mirazur

With several restaurants from last year’s top 50 appearing in the 51-120 list released last week, speculations were rife as to who would make it in the top 50 this year. In a pacy, light-hearted, and sometimes irreverrent unveiling of the top 50 list last night, Mirazur (No.3, 2018), a French restaurant at the Côte d’Azur emerged World’s Best Restaurant 2019. The new Noma in Copenhagen came in second, marking the highest new entry by a restaurant, while grill restaurant Asador Etxebarri (No. 10, 2018) from the Basque Country came in third.

Cheers from the audience hit the roof at the announcement of entries such as Leo, Bogotá, Colombia; Bel Canto from Lisbon, Portugal; and Atelier Crenn from New York, an entry whose absence in previous years had been noticed by many among the restaurant’s peers. Odette, who entered the list at No. 28 last year, did Singapore proud by jumping 10 places to 18th place. Other notable award recipients include Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, Spain, who received the Westholme Highest Climber Award, rising 29 places to No. 14; Alain Passard of Arpège in Paris, France, who won the peer-voted Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm, and Den in Tokyo, Japan, who won the the Art of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Legle France, for its impeccable service.

Chef Mauro Colagreco - worlds 50 best restaurants 2019 awards

Chef Mauro Colagreco (Photo: Matteo Carassale)

In his thank you speech, chef Mauro Colagreco, who has worked for chefs such as Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse, and who loves growing his own produce at Mirazur, said that he wanted to pay tribute to the rich tapestry of countries that has influenced his cuisine, namely France, where his restaurant is based, Argentina, where he was born, Brazil, his wife’s home country, and Italy, where more than half of his staff hail from. He said he strongly believes that cuisine can bridge borders between peoples and cultures, and wants to continue making cuisine that can have that impact.

Responding to press questions about what was next  for him, after the three Michelin stars he received earlier this year and now the World’s Best Restaurant accolade, he said “we want to improve ourselves and do our best every time…at Mirazur, we hope to continue to do our best. And we have just bought another three acres of land, which makes it a total of five acres…our next test is to make a bigger garden, maybe one day it will be bigger than the restaurant.”

The Full List:
1. Mirazur, Menton, France
2. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
3. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
4. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
5. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
6. Central, Lima, Peru
7. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
8. Arpège, Paris France
9. Disfrutar, Barcelona, S
10. Maido, Lima, Peru
11. Den, Tokyo, Japan
12. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
13. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
14. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
15. Septime, Paris, France
16. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France
17. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
18. Odette, Singapore
19. Twins Garden, Moscow (new entry)
20. Tickets, Barcelona Spain
21. Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden (re-entry)
22. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
23. Cosme, New York, US
24. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
25. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
26. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
27. The Clove Club, London, UK
28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, US
29. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
30. Elkano, Getaria, Spain (new entry)
31. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
32. Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain (new entry)
33. Lyle’s, London, UK
34. Don Julio, Buenes Aires, Argentina (new entry)
35. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, US
36. Le Bernardin, New York, US
37. Alinea, Chicago, US
38. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
39. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil (new entry)
40. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
41. The Chairman, Hong Kong (new entry)
42. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal (new entry)
43. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium (re-entry)
44. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
45. Sühring, Bangkok (new entry)
46. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands (re-entry)
47. Benu, San Francisco (new entry)
48. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai
49. Leo, Bogotá, Colombia (new entry)
50. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland

Chefs Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin, New York, and Ana Roš, Kobarid, Slovenia at the #50BestTalks worlds 50 best restaurants 2019 awards

Chefs Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin, New York, and Ana Roš, Kobarid, Slovenia at the #50BestTalks (Photo: Worlds 50 Best Restaurants)

Th awards night marks the culmination of the World’s 50 Best 2019 awards season filled with highlights such as the presentation of related awards such as the World’s Best Pastry Chef 2019, masterclasses, chef collaborations, and a lively Kitchen Karma discussion about key issues affecting chefs and restaurants. The panel discussion on 23 June held under the #50BestTalks series presented by Miele featured chefs Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana, Modena (No. 1, 2018), Ana Roš, Hiša Franko restaurant, Kobarid (No. 38, 2019), Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin, New York (No. 36, 2019), World’s Best Female Chef 2019 Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, New York, (No. 23, 2019), and chef Tetsuya Wakuda of Waku Ghin Singapore and Tetsuya’s Sydney.

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