Eleven Madison Park in New York was named number one at the awards ceremony celebrating the 2017 World’s 50 Best list, which took place on Wednesday 5 April at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.
The contemporary American restaurant, co-owned by Will Guidara and Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, debuted on the list at number 50 in 2010 and has hovered in the top 10 since 2012, rising to number three last year.
In claiming the number one 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.
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.
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.
Last year’s number one, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, claimed the number two position to retain its title as The Best Restaurant in Europe.
Italy was also represented by Piazza Duomo (No.15) and Le Calandre (No.29) as well as first-time entry Reale, in Castel Di Sangro, debuting on the list at No. 43.
Rising 37 places, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, won the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Lavazza.
Debuting on the list at number 31, Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen earned the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles.
Virgilio Martínez of Central in Lima, Peru, was the 2017 recipient of the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm.
El Celler de Can Roca was the 2017 recipient of The Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award; Septime, Paris, is this year’s winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Silestone; and Dominique Ansel was named The World’s Best Pastry Chef.
Heston Blumenthal is the 2017 recipient of the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award and Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, Slovenia, was named The World’s Best Female Chef 2017.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community.
The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’.
Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, but there are strict voting rules.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is independently adjudicated by professional services consultancy Deloitte.
This adjudication ensures that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 are protected.