The awards have been handed out, and the last of the champagne bottled popped and emptied. At the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards on June 20, Italy’s Massimo Bottura reclaimed the title of best dining destination on the planet for a second time for his Modena restaurant Osteria Francescana.
Though not without its controversies – critics have called the awards methodology opaque while partnerships and sponsorships have also been called into question – the World’s 50 Best Restaurants remain one of the most influential gastronomy events of the year.
Here’s how the event went down in photos from the attendees, some of the top chefs in the world.
Winners of last night’s event celebrate their awards
Chef Massimo Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore
Roca brothers Josep, Jordi and Joan of El Celler de Can Roca
France’s Cedric Grolet celebrates his win of best pastry chef
Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, gets cheeky
Y en esta familia todos estamos locos pero cada uno piensa por su lado que es LA / EL más cuerdo de la familia (claramente soy yo, pero no le digan a nadie) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pero asi de locos nos queremos. Y si desborda el amor, entonces no falta nada. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Reunida con mis personas favoritas (solo falta mi hermanita) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you @theworlds50best for these beautiful and delicious days ☀ #worlds50best #50bestrestaurants
Clare Smyth (right) was named this year’s best female chef. She poses with Spain’s Elena Arzak, also a former winner.
Two very happy winners of #worlds50best Female chef of year who both believe it is so useful as a platform for making women chefs more visible and equally part of the conversation & to inspire the next generation. Bravo to @chefclaresmyth such an incredible accolade in the first year of @corebyclaresmyth . So lovely to spend time with @elenaarzak & so touched she asked “how’s the Mathematica” @theopigott Both women who keep it real & epitomise @womenoffood appetite for change. #worlds50best #femalechefs #womenchefs #womenoffood #womenempoweringwomen #foodie #foodtrend #foodsalon #foodwriter #lovemyjob #dancedallnight
Chef Daniel Humm’s New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park fell from first to fourth place this year. In his Insta post with business partner Will Guidara (left), he muses whether or not the closure last year could have affected their standing but says “we’ll be back”.
– AFP Relaxnews