WORLD’S TOP 50 BEST RESTAURANTS ANNOUNCED

New York played host to this year's World's 50 Best Restaurant awards where a new top dog was announced. Girona's El Celler de Can Roca was knocked from the number-one spot by Chef Massimo Bottura's restaurant, Osteria Francescana. Located in Modena, Italy, the now number one restaurant has been bombarded with requests to reserve a table and is now fully booked until November. Featured on the Netflix series Chef's Table, the three Michelin starred restaurant is known for its eccentric interpretation of Italian cuisine.

Following an accident one day in the kitchen with one of the dessert dishes, came his now infamous dessert 'Oops I dropped the lemon tart'. This is the first time an Italian restaurant has been named number one and in accepting the award, Bottura addressed the 800 guests with a plea to join him in the soup kitchen he is opening in the favelas of Rio during the Olympics as well as thanking his team and attributing the accomplishment to just "hard work".  Fifteen years ago, Bottura was close to giving up with the restaurant being unsuccessful, only to be persuaded to carry on by his wife Lara. After a Michelin inspector came by chance, stranded by a road accident and awarded them their first Michelin star, the pair never looked back.

"There is a community that has been created around 50 Best," said Bottura. "We are not in competition with each other."

When asked how it felt to be the first Italian restaurant to hold the award Bottura answered, "In Italy we have three things that are untouchable - football, the Pope and food. It's something so important."

Closer to home, Melbourne's Attica restaurant was named 33 on the list, dropping one rank from 2015 and was awarded the title of Best Restaurant in Australasia.

This year's 'One to Watch' was awarded to Tokyo-born chef Zaiyu Hasegawa and his Tokyo restaurant, Jimbocho Den.

In 2017, the annual awards will be held in Melbourne.

The 2016 World's 50 Best Restaurants are:

  1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  3. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
  4. Central, Lima, Peru
  5. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  6. Mirazur, Menton, France
  7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
  11. D.O.M, Sao Paolo, Brazil
  12. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  13. Maido, Lima, Peru
  14. The Ledbury, London, UK
  15. Alinea, Chicago, USA
  16. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  17. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  18. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  19. Arpege, Paris, France
  20. Amber, Hong Kong, China
  21. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
  22. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
  23. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  24. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
  25. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  26. The Clove Club, London, UK
  27. Saison, San Francisco, USA
  28. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  29. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
  30. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
  31. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
  32. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
  33. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
  34. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
  35. Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  36. Borago, Santiago, Chile
  37. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
  38. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
  39. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  40. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
  41. Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden
  42. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
  43. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
  44. Estela, New York, USA
  45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
  46. Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy
  47. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
  48. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantino Hills, USA
  49. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
  50. Septime, Paris, France