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The world's top 50 restaurants for 2017

Housed within an art deco building overlooking New York’s Madison Park, the acclaimed Eleven Madison Park has claimed the top spot in the announcement of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants held at Melbourne’s Exhibition Building.

Dually proclaimed the best restaurant in the world and the best in North America, Eleven Madison Park has been a mainstay of the annual global competition since it arrived on the list in 2010, ranked number 50. Co-owners Will Guidara and Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm both spoke passionately to an appreciative crowd at the Melbourne announcement.

Top 50

“All of us in this room, we’ve dedicated ourselves to creating experiences that we hope will become extraordinarily memorable moments in people’s lives,” Guidara said. “We get to create these magical worlds in a world that, increasingly, needs a little more magic. And that’s something we choose to do, because it’s something we believe in.”

Said Humm: “It’s an unbelievable time to be a chef. When I first started cooking 25 years ago, not in my wildest dreams I would have ever thought I would find myself in this position.”

Heston

The New York restaurant managed to hold out last year’s victor, Italy’s Osteria Francescana, from the top spot, while Spanish restaurant El Celler De Can Roca rounded out the podium after also collecting the “Art of Hospitality” award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to English chef Heston Blumenthal, who said it was a “massive honour” to win the only award voted by his industry peers.

“This would never have happened without the team that I’ve got,” he said. “If I was to give one piece of advice to young chefs, it would be to question everything.”

Special awards:

Aspire Lifestyles Highest New Entry Award - Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris

World’s best pastry chef – Dominique Ansel of L’Astrance, Paris

Sustainable Restaurant Award – Septime, Paris

World’s Best Female Chef – Ana Ros, Hisa Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia

Chef’s Choice Award – Virgilio Martinez Veliz, Central, Lima, Peru

Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award – El Celler De Can Roca, Girona, Spain

Diner’s Club Lifetime Achievement Award – Heston Blumenthal

The world’s top 50 restaurants for 2017:

50 – Hof Van Cleve, Kruishouten, Belgium

49 – Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina

48 – Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany

47 – Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

46 – L’Astrance, Paris, France

45 – Den, Tokyo, Japan

44 – Brae, Birregurra, Australia

43 – Reale, Castro di Sangrio, Italy

42 – Borago, Santiago, Chile

41 – Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China

40 – Cosmo, New York City, USA

39 – Relae, Copenhagen, New York

38 – Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain

37 – Saison, San Francisco, USA

36 – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK

35 – Septime, Paris, France

34 – De Librije, Zwolle, The Netherlands

33 – Astrid, Lima, Peru

32 – Attica, Melbourne, Australia (also Best Restaurant in Australasia)

31 – Alleno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France

30 – Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain

29 – Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy

28 – Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand

27 – The Ledbury, London, UK

26 – The Clove Club, London, UK

25 – Tickets, Barcelona, Spain

24 – Amber, Hong Kong

23 – White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia

22 – Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico

21 – Alinea, Chicago, USA

20 – Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico

19 – Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

18 – Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan

17 – Le Bernardin, New York City, USA

16 – D.O.M, Sao Paulo, Brazil

15 – Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

14 – Restaurant Andre, Singapore

13 – Alain Du Casse Au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France

12 – Arpege, Paris, France

11 – Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocontico Hills, USA

10 – Steirereck, Vienna, Austria

9 – Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

8 – Maido, Lima, Peru

7 – Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand (also Best Restaurant in Asia)

6 – Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain

5 – Central, Lima, Peru (also best restaurant in South America)

4 – Mirazur, Menton, France

3 – El Celler De Can Roca, Girona, Spain

2 – Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy (also best restaurant in Europe)

1 – Eleven Madison Park, New York City, USA (also best restaurant in USA)

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