Who has the best restaurant in the world? According to the
latest edition of The World's 50
Best Restaurants, it's
Osteria Francescana, helmed by
Bottura. The tiny venue located in Modena,
Italy bested last year's winner, Spain's
El Celler de Can Roca, which fell to
number two. New York's Eleven Madison Park, headed
by Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, rose to claim the No. 3 spot. One
of the biggest drops was by Heston
Dinner, which fell from No. 7 to No.
There were some sponsored special category
awards. Cacao Barry sponsored the Best Pastry Chef award, won by Pierre
Hermé. The Chef's Choice Award, sponsored by
Estrella Dram, went to Joan Roca of last
year's No. 1 restaurant. Alain Passard won The
Diner's Club Lifetime Achievement Award.
Critics of the 'The World's 50 Best Restaurants'
note its Euro-centric focus and lack of women-run establishments.
2016's edition will do little to quell this criticism, as the
number of female-led restaurants actually fell from three to two.
Central, located in Lima, Peru and headed by
husband/wife team Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon, clocked in at No.
4, while San Sebastian's Arzak, led by
father/daughter Juan Mari and Elena Arzak, fell to 21
on the list. Champagne maker Veuve Clicquot did sponsor a
prize for Best Female Chef, which was won by Dominique
Crenn of Atelier
The rankings are compiled by the global consulting firm
Deloitte using data contributed by approximately 1,500 judges.
These judges include food writers, chefs, restaurateurs, and
'well-traveled gastronomes.' Unlike most other critics, including
inspectors for Michelin guides, there is no requirement for the
judges to pay for their meals, although they are supposed to dine
Many of the chefs in the rankings have published
cookbooks, so even if a trip to their esteemed restaurants is out
of reach, you may still be able to get a glimpse of what makes
these destinations so special. You'll find many of the books at
Phaidon, which specializes in beautifully crafted cookbooks by the
world's best chefs and authors. Phaidon has just
announced a new
sale for EYB Members with up to 75% off
select chef and cookery books, including several by chefs on the
World's 50 best list such as Massimo Bottura's
Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef and
René Redzepi's A Work in Progress, at 25 and 30% off,
respectively. (You'll find even bigger discounts on volumes like
Coi by Daniel Patterson and The Silver Spoon Quick and
Easy Italian Recipes, both discounted