World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 Reviewed

This week the annual World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards were announced, with Massimo Botura's Osteria Francescana returning to the top once again. We took a look at the list, directing who and where was prominent.

Three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, famous for quirky preparations like “Autumn in New York" and “Oops, I Dropped the Lemon Tart," rose to the top of the list back in 2016 before being unseated by New York's Eleven Madison Park last year. But it was no surprise seeing the Italian restaurant back on top this year.

Europe took the top three spots, with Spain's El Celler de Can Roja in second and Miramar, France, in third. Last year's winner, Eleven Madison Park, was the first non-EU venue in fourth, with Bangkok's Gaggan next in fifth. In total, six European venues filled the top 10, with four Spanish venues in the top 20, ahead of Italy with three.

1. Osteria Francescana, Italy
2. El Celler de Can Roja, Spain
3. Miramar, France
4. Eleven Madison Park, New York
5. Gaggan, Thailand
6. Central, Peru
7. Maido, Peru
8. L'Arpege, France
9. Mugaritz, Spain
10. Asador Etxebarri, Spain

It was another strong showing for Lima, Peru, with two venues in the top 10, while Russia also featured highly with White Rabbit in 15th. The number of female chefs within the list increased from three to five, while gender equality was a talking point on the evening.

Read the full list over on the World's 50 Best website here.