This year’s edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants by publishing group William Reed Business Media was released on Tuesday night. This ranking is one of the most anticipated events on the culinary calendar.
In the so-called Oscars of gastronomy, Central in Peru’s capital Lima was named the world’s top restaurant, followed by two other Spanish restaurants: Disfrutal in Barcelona and Diver XO in Madrid. All three of his restaurants were in the top five in 2022, but last year’s front-runner, Copenhagen’s Geranium, moved up because it didn’t make the list according to ranking rules. . The rest of the top 10 list includes one Spanish restaurant, two Latin American restaurants, and a newcomer from Denmark, Alchemist, also from Copenhagen.
It’s been touted as a gastronomic destination for years, and this year two Lima restaurants actually made the top 10 list. Gold medalist Central is run by husband-and-wife duo Virgilio Martínez and Pia León, and has its own research department and serves 15 courses per meal, with dinners touring Peru’s various altitude levels, from the ocean floor to the Andean highlands. I am. No. 6 Maido helped propel Lima onto the foodie scene in the 1990s with a style that combines Japanese and Peruvian influences.
As far as entries from the United States are concerned, one restaurant made it into the top 10 this year (compared to zero in 2022). Atomix, located in Manhattan’s Koreatown, ranked 8th, a modern Korean restaurant with seating for just 14, but it moved up 25 spots from last year, an amazing feat on the list. .
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants was first created 20 years ago by British publication Restaurant Magazine as an alternative to the Michelin star system. The rankings have come under fire in recent years for being elitist, with jurors favoring restaurant owners they know and arguing that they mainly feature restaurants in Europe and some of the world’s biggest cities. There is. As Bon Appétit points out, last year there was only one African entry in the top 50, but the South African restaurant in question has since climbed to number 75, and by 2023 there will be only one entry from Africa and India. There are no more winners.