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The Winners: World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019

A French restaurant takes the top prize for the first time in the ranking's history.
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This year's awarding ceremony for the World's 50 Best Restaurants was filled with firsts.

Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur in Menton, France took the lead this year as the World’s Best Restaurant and the Best in Europe by San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. The elegant seaside restaurant located next to the Italian border ranked third place last year. This year, it is the first French restaurant to reach the top of the rankings since the list debuted in 2002. 

The Mirazur team received its award with a banner stitched with the flags of France, Argentina, Italy, and Brazil—the nations that helped shape its success. During his acceptance speech, Italian-Argentine Colagreco acknowledged France for allowing him to express himself, but regards its cuisine as being the main reason why he “is able to cross all kinds of borders.”

Following Mirazur is Denmark’s Noma as the Highest New Entry, then Asador Etxebarri from Spain. This year, the list is made up of 26 countries with the highest number of ranking restaurants from the United States at six, starting with Cosme in 23rd place. A dozen new entries also made the top 50, where Noma placed second and Russia’s Twins Garden was 19th overall.

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The winners were revealed at a highly anticipated awards ceremony held on Tuesday, June 25 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The city-state is the first Asian city to host the global tour, leaving a mark in the event’s 18-year history. 

See below for the complete list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2019:


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Special collaboration menus were curated by Singaporean Michelin-starred restaurants Odette, Jaan, and Corner House, as well as internationally recognized establishments Mirazur, Mugaritz, and Schloss Schauenstein.

This edition included an extensive event program of MasterClasses that allowed food enthusiasts to further hone their passion through the philosophies and techniques taught by distinguished connoisseurs and culinary pioneers.

In addition, industry icons such as Slovenia’s Ana Ros, Italy’s Massimo Bottura, Mexico’s Daniela Soto-Innes, and Japan’s Tetsuya Wakuda took part in #50BestTalks, a unique opportunity to gain insight on how these renowned chefs apply everyday concepts in the kitchen.

Continuing the many firsts, the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 was decided and compiled through a gender-balanced voting system by William Reed Business Media. Over 1,000 experts of various backgrounds and cultures from the Academy cast their vote on the best restaurant. Half of the voters were female, and half were male, with the panel made up of chefs, food writers, critics, restaurateurs, and seasoned gourmands from 26 regions around the world.

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