The superstars of the gastronomic world congregated at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The awards, which were held for the first time in Asia, saw 26 countries athwart five continents reverenced with a place on the list, which concluded with the broadcast of a new No1 ~ Mirazur, in Menton, France. Bangkok’s Gaggan is Asia’s Best while Indian Accent climbs up to No 60 and remains India’s best.

The top three Chef Mauro Colagreco took to the stage to pick double honours for his restaurant ~ The World’s Best Restaurant and The Best Restaurant in Europe 2019. Taking over the No.1 position from Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, which has been raised to the Best of the Best gallery of fame, Mirazur scaled to the top from the No 3 last year. “It feels implausible and I cannot explain in words how I feel. For my squad to accomplish this award, it is rather special”, said chef Colagreco. It is amalgamated in the top three positions by Noma in its new location (No 2) in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Asador Etxebarri (No 3), in Atxondo, Spain.

Asia

The uppermost entry for a restaurant in Asia is Bangkok’s Gaggan, which took the No 4 spot, a score up from No 5 last year and took back the award of The Best Restaurant in Asia. Suhring, Bangkok is at No 45. Singapore’s Odette, which grips the No 1 position on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant list is at No 18. The first Chinese restaurant to make it to the list is The Chairman from Hong Kong at No. 41.

Special Awards

The Chefs’ Choice Award, which is selected on by the world’s foremost chefs in the list and bestowed to a peer, who has made a noteworthy impression to the gastronomic realm in the past year went to Alain Passard of Arpège in Paris, France (No 8). Tokyo’s Den (No 11) bagged The Art of Hospitality Award. The Best Restaurant in Africa is The Test Kitchen (No 44) from Cape Town while the Sustainable Restaurant Award 2019 went to Schloss Schauenstein in Fürstenau, Switzerland (No 50). The American Express Icon Award was conferred on US-based Spanish chef and benevolent José Andrés. The World’s Best Pastry Chef Award was honoured to Jessica Préalpato, the head pastry chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (No.16) in Paris, with. The One to Watch Award went to Lido 84 in Gardone Riviera, Italy.

Top countries

Spain tops with seven of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, counting three in the top 10 ~ Mugaritz (No 7) and Disfrutar (No 9). Azurmendi in Larrabetzu is at No.14. The US privileges six restaurants on the list, including Cosme (No 23) and two new entries: Atelier Crenn (No 35), and Benu (No 47), both in San Francisco, California. Denmark asserts top-five prides for the new avatar of Noma and Geranium (No 5), both in Copenhagen. Peru also marks the top 10 list with admittances from Lima, including Central (No 6), voted The Best Restaurant in South America, and Amid (No 10). Mexico bags two spots high on the list, including Pujol (No 12), which is baptised The Best Restaurant in North America, and Quintonil (No.24), both in Mexico City.

William Drew, director of content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “This has been a wonderful, enlightened year for the list as a whole, with so many new entries from all corners of the globe. We are similarly pleased to welcome the seven previous No.1 restaurants into the freshly formed Best of the Best category