We're taking a look at the top three spots on the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants.
No. 1 | Eleven Madison Park - Daniel Humm
New York has long been known for its contribution to the culinary arts and now it can boast the World's Best Restaurant for 2017, as Daniel Humm's Eleven Madison Park restaurant came in first.
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s iconic New York eatery has won various awards over the year's and continues to go from strength to strength as this year's 50 Best ceremony proved. At Eleven Madison Park, Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux Daniel Humm creates modern, sophisticated French cuisine that emphasises purity, simplicity and seasonal flavours and ingredients. A classicist who embraces contemporary gastronomy, Daniel’s delicate and precise cooking style is experienced through a constantly evolving menu. The restaurant’s dramatically high ceilings and magnificent art deco dining room are the ideal backdrop for Daniel’s delicious, artful cuisine.
The World's 50 Best Restaurant's describe the restaurant as "the perfect partnership of outstanding hospitality and exquisite food in an iconic setting in New York City that makes Eleven Madison Park the No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Co-owners Will Guidara and Daniel Humm have put their lives into breaking down the walls between dining room and kitchen, making sure the customer experience is harmonious from start to finish."
No. 2 | Osteria Francescana - Massimo Bottura
No surprises here as last year's number one, Massimo Bottura still continues to wow diners from his Modena-based restaurant that weaves narratives through his dishes, playing with traditions and experimenting with ingredients from his birthplace of Emilia-Romagna. Courses include the famous Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano, which takes the diner through the region’s esteemed cheese in different temperatures, textures and tastes, and The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna, Bottura’s reinvention of a corner of the classic Italian dish.
Nestled down a cobbled street in peaceful Modena, Osteria Francescana is the gem of Italian gastronomy that rose to the top of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants last year in the hands of talented chef Massimo Bottura. But it could have been very different – in its early days, the restaurant almost closed after conservative locals were resistant to Bottura’s daring approach to cooking.
With Three Michelin stars and second place ranking in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Chef Bottura’s gastronomic aptitude and generosity of freely sharing his creative process and his respect for the best ingredients, keeps him firmly at the forefront of modern Italian cuisine.
No.3 | El Cellar de Can Roca - Roca Brothers
Considered as one of the world’s great dining destinations, the twice ranked No.1 in the world, Three-star El Celler de Can Roca is located in the medieval city of Girona in Catalunya, northern Spain. The family dynamic of the Roca brothers has proved to be a recipe for success, with Joan as a chef, Josep as a sommelier and Jordi as a pâtissier. Each being a global leader in their field has created a force to be reckoned with and an unforgettable dining experience.
Their food is complex, incorporating cutting-edge techniques and multiple ingredients to create highly stylised plates, but dishes are also designed to evoke memories, emotions and the landscape of the region.