‘Sometimes mallard, sometimes partridge and even bollito’, a dish from the World’s Best Restaurant Osteria Francescana by chef patron Massimo Bottura in Modena, Italy
Credit: Paolo Terzi courtesy of World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Following the announcement that Melbourne will host next year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, the revered industry body has unveiled their list of the finest in international dining and global gastronomy for 2016 at a ceremony held in New York.

Joining Quay (#98) and Brae (#65) on the list (the first half of which was announced last week) is Melbourne’s Attica (#33). Earlier this year, Attica’s head chef and owner Ben Shewry was awarded Australia’s top restaurant; today he also took out the Best Restaurant in Australiasia award.

The coveted culinary awards have been compiled every year since 2002 using the votes of The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a reputable group of nearly 1,000 industry experts from 27 global regions. Each region is represented by 36 members who are allocated seven votes (three of which must go to restaurants outside of their region). The highly-influential panel is made up of critics, chefs, restauranteurs and ‘gastronomes’, with their combined opinions forming the industry standard for the world’s finest establishments, many of whom were in attendance at the official proceedings thanks to the awards’ official airline partner, Etihad Airways.

The top honour went to Italy’s Massimo Bottura for his Modena restaurant, Osteria Francescana. The restaurant has been climbing the list since appearing at #3 in 2013 and 2014 before ascending to #2 in last year’s ranking. Bottura was also the subject of the endearing first episode of the Netflix Original series, Chef’s Table, which comes highly-recommended (courtesy of me).

You can find the full list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants below.

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

Tile and cover image: Courtesy of Attica