Rising one step higher than its position in 2016, Melbourne’s Attica came in at No.32 and retained its title as Best Restaurant in Australasia, while Brae entered the rankings for the first time at No.44. Set on 30 acres of organic farmland in the Victorian hillside, Brae boasts six suites that provide guests the unusual opportunity to interact with nature and – through Brae’s farming techniques – eat straight from the land.
Australia hosted the event, now in its fifteenth year. This year’s winners were revealed at an awards ceremony at the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, seeing representatives from all over the globe receiving and celebrating their acclaim on Australian soil.
Last year’s No.1, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, claimed the No.2 position
Spain, the USA and France each count six restaurants on the 2017 list. Among France’s entries, three rank in the top 20. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, the restaurant headed by Yannick Alléno, debuted at No.31, earning the coveted Highest New Entry Award. Paris based restaurant Septime (No.35) claimed the Sustainable Restaurant Award and rose a dramatic 11 places.
However, the Highest Climber Award was claimed by New York’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns which rose 37 places to No.11. And if the Big Apple hadn’t cleaned up enough already, New York-based pastry entrepreneur Dominique Ansel was honoured with the 2017 title of The World’s Best Pastry Chef.
Also recognised was Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, Slovenia, who was named The World’s Best Female Chef, 2017.
William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said, “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is proud to bring together the leaders in global gastronomy for this annual celebration. All 50 restaurants
represent the very best culinary experiences and talent. We congratulate each one, as well as all the individual award winners, on their remarkable achievements, innovation and creative passion.”