World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 revealed in Bilbao, Spain

Topping the list once again was Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana

Massimo Bottura.
Massimo Bottura.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, revealed its top 100 rankings in a ceremony at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, Spain on June 19, 2018. Topping the list once again was Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, a restaurant that first made it to the number 1 ranking two years ago but was unseated by New York’s Eleven Madison Park last year. The results were compiled from an "independent" voting panel of 1,000 judges.

W Dubai - The Palm will be the site of the first restaurant by Massimo Bottura in the Middle East. The Italian restaurant located in the property on The Palm Jumeirah will be called Torno Subito. The property is scheduled to open in September 2018.

Coming in second is El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, which recently featured in Netflix's Chef's Table Pastry season, while Mirazur in Menton, France, cinched third place. Last year's winner Eleven Madison Park, which was closed for renovations for four months in 2017, dropped to fourth.

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The top six places were rounded off with Bangkok's Gaggan and Caterer Middle East April 2017 cover star, Virgilio Martínez of Central in Lima, Peru. The chef was in Dubai last year for the opening of his concept, Lima Dubai.

However the awards was once again criticised for its lack of diversity. 

This year's recipient of the 'Best Female Chef' award, Clare Smyth of London's Core restaurant, was left off the list but was quoted as saying: "I'm constantly being asked why we have a lack of female chefs, why we don't see more women represented at the top level ... and why don't we have more diversity." 

She said: "We must draw a line under this and make sure we clear a path for the next generation. I for one can't wait until we achieve equality and the debate moves on."

US-based website Eater wrote"the number of female chefs or co-chefs on the list increased from last year’s three to five: Central by Pia León and Virgilio Martínez, Arzak by Elena and Juan Mari Arzak, Hiša Franko by Ana Ros, Cosme by Daniela Soto-Innes and Enrique Olvera, and Nahm by Pim Techamuanvivit (it should be noted that Techamuanvivit assumed the top chef job this spring, likely after the voting had already ended)."

The full list of the 50 best restaurants in the world.

1. Osteria Francescana; Modena, Italy

2. El Celler de Can Roca; Girona, Spain

3. Mirazur; Menton, France

4. Eleven Madison Park; New York, USA

5. Gaggan; Bangkok, Thailand

6. Central; Lima, Peru

7. Maido; Lima, Peru

8. Arpège; Paris, France

9. Mugaritz; San Sebastián, Spain

10. Asador Etxebarri; Axpe, Spain

11. Quintonil; Mexico City, Mexico

12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns; Pocantico Hills, USA

13. Pujol; Mexico City, Mexico

14. Steirereck; Vienna, Austria

15. White Rabbit; Moscow, Russia

16. Piazza Duomo; Alba, Italy

17. Den; Tokyo, Japan

18. Disfrutar; Barcelona, Spain

19. Geranium; Copenhagen, Denmark

20. Attica; Melbourne, Australia

21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée; Paris, France

22. Narisawa; Tokyo, Japan

23. Le Calandre; Rubano, Italy

24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet; Shanghai, China

25. Cosme; New York, USA

26. Le Bernardin; New York, USA

27. Boragó; Santiago, Chile

28. Odette; Singapore

29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen; Paris, France

30. D.O.M.; São Paulo, Brazil

31. Arzak; San Sebastián, Spain

32. Tickets; Barcelona, Spain

33. The Clove Club; London, UK

34. Alinea; Chicago, USA

35. Maaemo; Oslo, Norway

36. Reale; Castel di Sangro, Italy

37. Restaurant Tim Raue; Berlin, Germany

38. Lyle’s; London, UK

39. Astrid y Gastón; Lima, Peru

40. Septime; Paris, France

41. Nihonryori RyuGin; Tokyo, Japan

42. The Ledbury; London, UK

43. Azurmendi; Larrabetzu, Spain

44. Mikla; Istanbul, Turkey

45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal; London, UK

46. Saison; San Francisco, USA

47. Schloss Schauenstein; Fürstenau, Switzerland

48. Hiša Franko; Kobarid, Slovenia

49. Nahm; Bangkok, Thailand

50. The Test Kitchen; Cape Town, South Africa

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