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Mirazur Wins The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019

Picture of the winner Mauro Colagreco, chef of Mirazur

Mirazur restaurant in Menton, France took the winning spot at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

The announcements of the winners of the prestigious celebration of the very best in global gastronomy took place on 25th of June, in Singapore. 

Winning the honour of first place at this prestigious annual celebration of the very best in gastronomy, chef Mauro Colagreco and his team appeared on stage to accept the prestigious award. 

“Today we are celebrating France and its values: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. France has allowed me to express myself, Argentina to my memories from my childhood, to Brazil who has offered me the love of my life and to Italy where more than half of my team are coming from.”

“Cuisine is able to close all kinds of borders. I would like to express to all the chefs in the world my love and gratitude.” He finished with a poetic line: “Borders? I’ve never seen one, but I have heard they exist in the mind of some people.” 

Closely following behind was Rene Redzepi’s Noma of Copenhagen, Denmark, taking second place, also the highest ever, Highest New Entry Restaurant, thanks to the refurbishment that took place since the 2018 awards. Third place went to Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo (Spain) run by chef Victor Arguinzoniz.

 Food Meets Future

On the evening prior to the Awards, on the 24th of June, S.Pellegrino presented the event "Food meets Future”, a four-part interactive event celebrating inclusion, inspiration, responsibility and talent to mark the 120th anniversary of S.Pellegrino. Read more about it here.

 “Best of the Best” Hall of Fame

This year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants introduced a change with the introduction of the Best of the Best list of previous winners who were no longer eligible for the competition. This included Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, winner of the World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2018 and 2016, who joined the list this ‘Hall of Fame’ list alongside: El Bulli (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), The French Laundry (2003, 2004), The Fat Duck (2005), Noma - original location (2010, 2011, 2012,  2014), El Celler de Can Roca (2013, 2015), Eleven Madison Park (2017).

OTHER AWARDS

During the highly-anticipated night, a number of restaurants and chefs were announced for the yearly awards, recognizing those in the rising stars category. These awards ranged from the restaurant that ranked the highest first entry into the list, to the venue recognized for the owners and chef’s strong environmental and social responsibility practices.

THE WORLD’S BEST PASTRY CHEF AWARD

Jessica Préalpato, at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

HIGHEST CLIMBER AWARD

Azurmendi in Larrabetzu (Spain) jumping 29 spots from N. 43 to N. 14 this year.

HIGHEST NEW ENTRY AWARD

Noma in Copenhagen (Denmark) No.2: this was the highest ever Highest New entry, considered a ‘new’ restaurant entry on the list thanks to its refurbishment.

ART OF HOSPITALITY AWARD

Den, Tokyo (Japan) was recognized for its award-winning hospitality experience.

CHEF’S CHOICE AWARD

A reflection of the high regard of his peers, Chef Alain Passard of L'Arpège (Paris, France) was voted by his fellow chefs.

SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT AWARD

A reflection of the high regard of his peers, Chef Alain Passard of L'Arpège (Paris, France) was voted by his fellow chefs.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED AWARDS

A number of awards that form part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants had been announced ahead of the ceremony and were presented during the night.

These included the American Express Icon Award which went to José Andrés. The award reflects his overall career as a pioneering chef and restaurateur as well as his more recent humanitarian work through his World Central Kitchen project, both of which have brought him to the status of a global culinary icon.

“I'm very humbled to receive this award, to make sure that I will give voice to those who are voiceless. I will try to make sure that we bring hope, one plate of food at a time,” said José Andrés.

Miele One To Watch award was presented to the restaurant Lido 84 in Lake Garda, Italy. This award celebrates emerging global talent and recognises a restaurant that is outside the 1-50 list with the potential to rise into The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking, in the future. Lido 84 was opened in 2014, by brothers Riccardo and Giancarlo Camanini. The keyword is provenance, the restaurant’s culinary philosophy taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape of Lake Garda.

The elit™ Vodka World's Best Female Chef 2019 went to Daniela Soto-Innes, chef-partner at modern Mexican restaurant Cosme in Manhattan. The Best Female Chef series, now in its ninth year, has celebrated 21 women across 15 countries and continues to encourage debate around gender issues in the food world.

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “Daniela brings an unparalleled positive energy to her projects and has created a team that celebrates women of all ages. At Cosme she has combined innovative Mexican dishes with warm hospitality, leading a dynamic team to great success and popularity in the fiercely competitive New York dining scene. She is an immense talent who thoroughly deserves this accolade.”

THE FULL LIST: THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS 2019

1. Mirazur, Menton (France) | BEST RESTAURANT IN EUROPE and BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD
2. Noma, Copenhagen (Denmark) | HIGHEST NEW ENTRY
3. Asador Extebarri, Atxondo (Spain)
4. Gaggan, Bangkok  (Thailand) | BEST RESTAURANT IN ASIA
5. Geranium, Copenhagen (Denmark)
6. Central, Lima (Peru) | BEST RESTAURANT IN SOUTH AMERICA
7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian (Spain)
8. Arpège, Paris (France)
9. Disfrutar, Barcelona (Spain)
10. Maido, Lima (Peru)
11. Den, Tokyo (Japan) |ART OF HOSPITALITY AWARD
12. Pujol, Mexico City (Mexico) | BEST RESTAURANT IN NORTH AMERICA
13. White Rabbit, Moscow (Russia)
14. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu (Spain)| HIGHEST CLIMBER AWARD
15. Septime, Paris (France)
16. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris (France)
17. Steirereck, Vienna (Austria)
18. Odette, Singapore 
19. Twins Gardens, Moscow (Russia) | NEW ENTRY
20. Tickets, Barcelona (Spain)
21. Frantzén, Stockholm (Sweden) | RE-ENTRY
22. Narisawa, Tokyo (Japan)
23. Cosme, New York (USA)
24. Quintonil, Mexico city (Mexico)
25. Alléno Paris at Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (France)
26. Boragó, Santiago (Chile) 
27. The Clove Club, London (United Kingdom)
28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York (USA)
29. Piazza Duomo, Alba (Italy)
30. Elkano, Getaria (Spain) 
31. Le Calandre, Rubano (Italy)
32. Nerua, Bilbao (Spain) | NEW ENTRY
33. Lyle's, London (United Kingdom) 
34. Don Julio, Buenos Aires (Argentina) | NEW ENTRY
35. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco (USA) | NEW ENTRY
36. Le Bernardin, New York (USA)
37. Alinea, Chicago (USA)
38. Hiša Franko, Kobarid (Slovenia)
39. A Casa do Porco, Sao Paulo (Brazil) | NEW ENTRY
40. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin (Germany) 
41. The Chairman, Hong Kong (China)
42. Belcanto, Lisbon (Portugal) | NEW ENTRY HIGHEST EUROPEAN
43. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem (Belgium)| RE-ENTRY 
44. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town (South Africa) | BEST RESTAURANT IN AFRICA 
45. Sühring, Bangkok (Thailand) | NEW ENTRY 
46. De Librije, Zwolle (Netherlands) | RE-ENTRY 
47. Benu, San Francisco (USA) | NEW ENTRY 
48. Ultraviolet, Shangai (China)
49. Leo, Bogotà (Colombia)| NEW ENTRY
50. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau (Switzerland)| SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT AWARD

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