Osteria Francescana wins world's best restaurant

Carla Harmon
June 22, 2018

A picture taken on July 7, 2016 shows Italian chef Massimo Bottura working in the kitchen of his restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy.

Massimo Bottura, who took home the top prize for Osteria Francescana, only offered an unspecific call to action, "We can have a very loud voice of change if we stay together".

Second place when to El Celler de Can Roca, Spain, and third place to Mirazur, France.

Bilbao, one of the culinary capitals of the world, hosted the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 unveiling on Tuesday, and American gastronomy was well represented although the US lost the top spot as Eleven Madison Park dropped to fourth place.

"We must make it a more pleasant working evnionment; we must make a conscious effort to remove gender barriers", she continued.

Restaurant magazine, owned by William Reed Media, launched the awards in 2002 and they are now as coveted by restaurants as Michelin stars, although the methodology used to select the best restaurants has faced criticism, especially from several French chefs who say it remains unclear. In 2012, it won its third Michelin star and in 2016, it became the first Italian victor of the Best Restaurant award.

With restaurant from Lima, Peru, to Melbourne, Australia, the only continent not represented was Africa. Hopefully we'll see plenty of women on the 50 Best list and there won't be a need for that award'.

Dominique Crenn's Atelier Crenn was notably absent from this year's list, too, and it's hard not to wonder whether Crenn's outspoken disdain for the World's 50 Best organization had anything to do with that, as many felt the San Francisco restaurant deserved recognition.

This year was the first time the ceremony was held in Spain.

In her acceptance speech for Best Female Chef, Smyth said she doesn't know why there aren't more women in the industry, but that it is necessary to remove barriers to "make a more human workplace for both men and women".

All winners were published and tagged on The World's 50 Best's Twitter page.

2018's Best Pastry Chef went to Cédric Grolet of Paris' Meurice.

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