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Eleven Madison Park at top of the world. But Italy is still great

Osteria Francescana, second, leaves the sceptre of the World's 50Best. Plus an excellent outcome for Crippa, Alajmo and Romito

The emotional reaction of Daniel Humm and Will Gu

The emotional reaction of Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, chef and maitre at Eleven Madison Park, New York, after getting to the first place in the 2017 World's 50BestMassimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana leaves the sceptre (2nd place). Among the 50 Best, Piazza Duomo (15th, +2 compared to 2016), Le Calandre (29th, +10), Reale-Casadonna (43rd, as many as 41 places up compared to 2016) all climb up the list

Eleven Madison Park in New York is for the first time the best restaurant in the world according to the World's 50Best. Osteria Francescana loses the top of the podium, and goes to second place. The other 3 restaurants in the list had a significant performance and all moved up compared to 2016: Enrico Crippa’s Piazza Duomo is 15th (+2), Alajmo’s Le Calandre is 29th (+10), Reale-Casadonna 43rd (+41). The real time report of the ceremony in Melbourne, Australia, follows.

Eleven Madison Park, New York, United States, best Restaurant in North America. For the first time maitre Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm conquer the award for the best restaurant in the world. "Our most important goal has always been giving the best experience to our clients. There are 150 people working in our group. Guys, we’ve made it!", said a happy Guidara from the stage. "I have no words to explain my excitement. I fucking love you men", added the Swiss chef. (+2 places compared to 2016)

Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy, Best Restaurant in Europe in 2017. Massimo Bottura loses the leadership from 2016 and moves back to a very honourable second place (-1)

El Celler de Can Roca, Gerona, Spain (-1)

4th place
Mirazur, Mentone, France, Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco. We’re close to the podium: last year the first three restaurants were the same, but what about this year’s order? (+2)

5th place
Central, Lima, Peru, Best Restaurant in Latin America 2017  (-1)

6th place
Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain. Unexpected exploit for asador Viktor Arguinzoniz (+4)

7th place
Gaggan, Indian cuisine in Bangkok, Thailand, Best Restaurant in Asia in 2017. "I don’t know which emoji would do to thank you", joked the chef (+14)

8th place
Maido, Lima, Peru (+5)

9th place
Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain (-2)

10th place 
Steirereck, Vienna, Austria (-1)

Lifetime achievement award 2017
The previously announced prize goes to Heston Blumenthal: "After 20 years at Fat Duck I feel as if I’ve just begun", said the British chef in a video. "Imagining all that doesn’t exist is possible. Imagination precedes education. Cooking is the highest expression of makes us human", he continued live from the stage. The top ten is coming up. The audience is more and more excited

11th place
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York, United States, Highest climber award Lavazza 2017 (+37)

12th place
Arpège, Paris, France (+7)

13th place
Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athenée, Paris, France, re-entry 2017 

14th place
André, Singapore (+18)

15th place
Piazza Duomo, Alba (Cuneo), Italy. A positive result also for Enrico Crippa, moving 2 places up compared to 2016 (+2)

Hospitality of the year award 2017
The award dedicated to the dining room service, sponsored by Cantine FerrariCamilla Lunelli hands the award to Joan and Jordi Roca of Celler de Can Roca in Gerona, Spain

16th place
DOM, San Paolo, Brazil (-5)

17th place
Le Bernardin, New York, United States (+7)

18th place
Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan (-10)

19th place
Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark (-9)

20th place
Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico. Enrique Olvera is in the 50Best 2017 with two restaurants (the other is Cosme, New York) (+5)

Chef's choice award 2017
Virgilio MartinezCentral, Lima, Peru

21st place
Alinea, Chicago, United States (-6)

22nd place
Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico (-10)

23rd place
White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia (-5)

24th place
Amber, Hong Kong, China (-4)

25th place
Tickets, Barcelona, Spain (+4)

Before the ceremony, Alajmo, Bottura, Crippa and Romito remembered Bob Noto with a smile. The creative artist and gourmet from Torino passed away a few days ago (photo by Paolo Marchi)

Before the ceremony, AlajmoBotturaCrippa and Romito remembered Bob Noto with a smile. The creative artist and gourmet from Torino passed away a few days ago (photo by Paolo Marchi)

Best female chef 2017
Helene Petrini hands the award to Ana Roš of Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia (69th in the 50best 2017). The award had been announced. "Enrico Crippa and his wife asked me if I’d cry today. I said no. I’d like to dedicate this award to my lovely children. They’ve literally lived in the kitchen with me, for all these years". Our interview with Ana Ros.

26th place
The Clove Club, London, United Kingdom (same place in 2016)

27th place
Ledbury, London, United Kingdom (-13)

28th place
Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand (+9)

29th place
Le Calandre, Rubano (Padua), Italy. Massimiliano and Raffaele Alajmo’s restaurant climbs up 10 places compared to 2016 (+10)

30th place
Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain (-9)

31st place
Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France, Yannick Allenò is the highest new entry in 2017 (it was 72nd in 2016)The co-chef is Italian: Martino Ruggieri (read here) (+41).

32nd place
Attica, Melbourne, Australia, Ben Shewry confirms the title of best restaurant in in Australasia 2017. (+33)

33rd place
Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru (-3)

34th place
De Librije, Zwolle, The Netherlands (+4)

35th place
Septime, Paris, France, Sustainable restaurant 2017 (+15)

36th place
Dinner by Heston, London, United Kingdom (+9)

37th place
Saison, San Francisco, United States (-10)

38th place
Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain (-22)

39th place
Relae of Italian Christian Puglisi, Copenhagen, Denmark (+1)

40th place
Cosme, Mexican cuisine in New York, United States, new entry 2017 (+56)

41st place
Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China (+1)

42nd place
Boragò, Santiago del Chile, Chile (-6)

43rd place
Reale Casadonna, Castel di Sangro, Italy. Niko Romito reaches the 50Best with a 41-places leap (it was 84th in 2016)

44th place
Brae, Birreguerra, Australia, new entry (+21)

45th place
Den, Tokyo, Japan. It was the One to watch in 2016 (+32)

Best Pastry Chef
Tim Brook-Webb nominates the pastry chef of the year: Dominique Ansel of the homonymous pastry shop in New York. Read his profile.

46th place
L'Astrance, Paris, France (+11)

47th place
Vendôme, Bergish Gladbach, Germany (-12)

48th place
Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany (-14)

49th place
Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina, new entry in the 50Best (+19)

50th place
Hof Van Cleve, Krouishoutem, Belgium (+3)

Ana Ros from Slovenia, best female chef

Ana Ros from Slovenia, best female chef


The One to watch award goes to Catalan Disfrutar. On stage, the three chefs Oriol CastroMateo Casañas and Eduard Xatruch.
The microphone goes to the sparkling Mark Durden Smith ("We couldn’t get in touch with Crocodile Dundee and Kylie Minogue is too petite", jokes Drew): "Will Massimo Bottura be always at number one?". The suspense begins.
THE CEREMONY BEGINS. William Drew, mister World's 50 Best (here’s an interview with him from a few days ago). "It all started in 2002 as a simple idea at Restaurant Magazine, but it soon got out of hand and became a global phenomenon. On 27th June in Barcelona we’ll have a big party, and a debate, with all the winners from these first 15 years. As for the after-party, later, the deejays will be the chefs from Clove Club in London. I’d like to thank all the sponsors, the Academy members who voted this year, and the 47 chefs out of the first 50 who are with us tonight, a number that makes me very proud". 

With a fifteen minute “academic” delay, the countdown from the 50th to the 1st place will being. "Take your seat", recommends the production. As Paolo Marchi tells us from Melbourne, there are 950 people in the audience, what with chefs, journalists and enthusiasts.

The countdown before the live streaming on is about to begin: 16 minutes to go.

A touching moment before the ceremony begins: the 4 Italian chefs in the 50Best - AlajmoCrippaRomito and Bottura – remember Bob Noto with a smile. The creative artist and gourmet passed away a few days ago.

The traditional photo at the Royal Exhibition Building with the first chefs arriving. These include Gaggan AnandYannick AllenoElena ArzakEneko AtxaDan BarberMauro Colagreco, Dominique Crenn, Rodolfo Guzmàn, Virgilio MartinezHeinz Reitabuer and host Ben Shewry. Danish Rene Redzepi is not here. Four times at number one, in the past, he closed his Noma a few weeks go and will open again in 2018 in a new location in Copenhagen.

Will Spain, 7 restaurants in the 2016 World's 50Best 2016, will once again be the nation with the most restaurants in the list? Or will it be the US (6 restaurants in 2016)? Italy will have 4 restaurants while Peru, Denmark and France will start from the 3 in 2016.

Another thing’s for sure: there will be four restaurants among the first 50: Osteria Francescana in Modena (first place in 2016), Piazza Duomo in Alba (17th in 2016), Le Calandre in Rubano, Padua (39th). A big leap is also expected from Reale-Casadonna in Castel di Sangro, 84th last year: will it be the highest climber in 2017?

The location for the ceremony is the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, inside the Carlton Gardens. In 1901 the Australian parliament had its first session here. People begin to enter following the red carpet, like at the Academy Awards.

Three things are sure, to begin with: the Lifetime achievement award goes to British Heston Blumenthal; the World's best female chef award goes to Slovenian Ana Roš and the One to watch award goes to Catalan Disfrutar.

Two hours before the ceremony begins, many food lovers take their place in front of the big screens in Federation Square, in central Melbourne.

Camilla Lunelli from Cantine Ferrari gives the Hospitality of the year award 2017to Jordi and Joan Roca of Celler de Can Roca in Gerona, Spain

Camilla Lunelli from Cantine Ferrari gives the Hospitality of the year award 2017to Jordi and Joan Roca of Celler de Can Roca in Gerona, Spain

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Gabriele Zanatta

born in Milan, 1973, freelance journalist, coordinator of Identità Golose World restaurant guidebook since 2007, he is a contributor for several magazines and teaches History of gastronomy and Culinary global trends into universities and institutes. 
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