The World’s 50 Best Restaurants have been revealed at a ceremony in Melbourne and, for the first time in over 10 years, a U.S. restaurant has taken the top spot.
Also known as the Oscars of the restaurant industry, being placed in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants is a pretty big deal. Last year, Italian chef Massimo Bottura and his Modena-based restaurant Osteria Francescana took the prestigious title of the world’s best, knocking previous winner El Celler de Can Roca into second place.
This year again sees a new winner at the top of the list. Eleven Madison Park, a fine dining restaurant in New York’s Flatiron district, has risen into first place for its combination of “outstanding hospitality and exquisite food in an iconic setting in New York City“.
The head chef at Eleven Madison Park is Daniel Humm: originally from Switzerland, he earned his stripes at a young age and at just 24 years old was awarded his first Michelin Star. He’s been the executive chef at Eleven Madison Park since 2006, and the restaurant now boasts three Michelin Stars and a $295, 11 course tasting menu.
Osteria Francescana takes second place, with El Celler de Can Roca in third.