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France's Mirazur Has Just Been Crowned the Best Restaurant in the World for 2019

This year, no Australian restaurants made the top 50.
By Samantha Teague
June 26, 2019

France's Mirazur Has Just Been Crowned the Best Restaurant in the World for 2019

This year, no Australian restaurants made the top 50.
By Samantha Teague
June 26, 2019

Last night, the best chefs in the world descended on the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore for the annual World's 50 Best celebrations. And while there were plenty of Australians present at the awards — including the event's host, Australian journalist and TV personality Annabel Crabb — no local restaurants made the top 50.

Australia's highest ranking restaurant was Attica in Melbourne, which came in at number 84 in the long list announced last week. Fellow Victorian Brae also came in at 101. This year, the list expanded to 120 for the first (and only) time, as a one-off nod to San Pellegrino's (the award's primary sponsor) 120th anniversary.

The top five restaurants for 2019 were dramatically different from previous years as former World's 50 Best winners — including Eleven Madison Park and Osteria Francescana — were barred from the list, and instead added to a 'Best of the Best' lineup.

The top gong, for the first time in the event's 17-year history, went to a French restaurant: Mirazur. Run by Argentinian-born chef Mauro Colagreco, whose cooking is also inspired by his Italian grandparents, Mirazur is located in an old 1930s villa in the French Riviera, near the Italian border. And, we're guessing it's going to be pretty hard to get a booking there for the next little while — so, we suggest planning a French vacay for 2020 (or beyond).

Rounding out the top five were Copenhagen's Noma at number two, which reopened in a new space with a new seasonal menu last year; Spain's Asador Etxebarri at number three; the soon-to-close Gaggan in Bangkok at number four; and fellow Danish restaurant Geranium at five.

Other new and notable additions to this year's list include a first-time inclusion for Dominique Crenn's famed San Francisco spot Atelier Crenn and NY's Cosme, by the 2019 Best Female Chef Daniela Soto-Innes, which was the highest ranked US restaurant.

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Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, #USA  has claimed the No.35 spot. Congratulations! #Worlds50Best I am thrilled that Atelier Crenn has been named one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. I see how hard my team works every day, I love the rapport that we have that pushes us to continue creating at a restaurant that we are all so proud of, and it's wonderful to be recognized for all of this. It's important to note that the voting panel is now made up of as many women as there are men. And still more work to be done I recognize that these things take time. Equality and transparency are two of the most important qualities we can hope to see in any organization — in the world as a whole. However, as we all know, equality is not just about gender, but about background, race — and we need to see recognition of that. I look forward to seeing the continued evolution of 50 Best. Thank you @theworlds50best #incrennible

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The winning restaurants were chosen by a 1000-strong global voting panel which, for the first time, had an equal gender balance. Five restaurants led by females made the top 50, the same number as last year.

You can check out the full list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants here and read more about the long list here.

First image: Mirazur by Nicolas Lobbestael.

Published on June 26, 2019 by Samantha Teague

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