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New York’s Eleven Madison Park Wins World’s Best Restaurant As Heston Blumenthal Awarded Life Time Achievement

5th Apr 2017

Eleven Madison Park in New York has secured the No.1 spot in the 2017 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. This year’s winners were revealed at an awards ceremony at the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne earlier today.

Logo Credit: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Now in its 15th year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants welcomes six brand new entries and three re-entries to the 2017 ranking. 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 with the UK featuring three in the 100-51 and three in the Best 50.

In claiming the No.1 position on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Eleven Madison Park 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.

Eleven Madison Park –  the winners of the number one spot, 50 World’s Best Restaurants (photo credit)

Our own globally respected chef, Heston Blumenthal, has double reason to celebrate. As well as being the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award, his London restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, rises nine places to sit at No.36.

Dinner by Heston, 36 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Acknowledging this new honour, Blumenthal said “I am honoured, thrilled and really quite excited to be given The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award. For me, this award is particularly special because it’s voted by my peers. After 20 years of The Fat Duck, I now feel like I’m just starting – and those 20 years were my apprenticeship. The future is very, very exciting.”

Heston Blumenthal accepting his award earlier today Credit: World’s 50 Best Restaurants

The winners’ circle also includes Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, Slovenia, who is named The World’s Best Female Chef 2017.

London had no new entries in the list but the three restaurants listed last year managed to maintain their positions in the Top 50 with The Clove Club in Shoreditch holding onto its no. 26 position as London’s highest performer.

Brett Graham’s 2 Michelin star The Ledbury fell from last year’s 14 to 27 and Heston’s Knightsbridge Dinner restaurant climbed an impressive nine places from 45 to 36.

Other London Restaurants in the Best 51- 100 were Lyles at 54, St John at 91 and Hedone at 98.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017

50. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium RE-ENTRY                               49. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina NEW ENTRY

48. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany                                                 47. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

46. L’Astrance, Paris, France RE-ENTRY                                                   45. Den, Tokyo, Japan NEW ENTRY

44. Brae, Birregurra, Australia NEW ENTRY                                                   43. Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy NEW ENTRY

42. Boragó, Santiago, Chile                                                                                     41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China

40. Cosme, New York, USA NEW ENTRY                                                   39. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark

38. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain                                                                       37. Saison, San Francisco, USA

36. Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, London, UK                                          35. Septime, Paris, France

34. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands                                                                     33. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru

32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia                                                                           31. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France NEW ENTRY

30. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain                                                                           29. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy

28. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand                                                                               27. The Ledbury, London,UK

26. The Clove Club, London, UK                                                                           25. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain

24. Amber, Hong Kong, China                                                                               23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia

22. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico                                                                       21. Alinea, Chicago, USA

20. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico                                                                               19. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

18. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan                                                                                   17. Le Bernardin, New York, USA

16. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil                                                                                 15. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

14. Restaurant Andre, Singapore                                                                         13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France

12. Arpege, Paris, France                                                                                       11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, USA

10. Steireck, Vienna, Austria                                                                                   9. Murgartiz, San Sebastian, Spain

8. Maido, Lima, Peru                                                                                                 7. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailland

6. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain                                                                           5. Central, Lima, Peru

4. Mirazur, Menton, France                                                                                     3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy                                                         1. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA


Credit: World’s 50 Best Restaurants

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