World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Osteria Francescana Awarded No. 1 Spot

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
June 14, 2016 3:29 pm Last Updated: June 15, 2016 2:23 pm

For the first time in the history of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings, an Italian restaurant was awarded first place.

Chef-owner Massimo Bottura of the winning Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is known for his modern preparations of traditional Italian ingredients, such as his signature Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano dish, crafting the cheese aged for different lengths of time into unique textures. “The chef’s ambitious creations perfectly balance the demands of honoring heritage while embracing modernity,” stated a press release by the London-based World’s 50 Best Restaurants organization.

Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana was named the world's no. 1 restaurant at the World's 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, New York, on June 13, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana was named the world’s no. 1 restaurant at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, New York, on June 13, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Top chefs from around the world convened at the Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan on June 13 for an award ceremony that announced the top 50 list and other special award winners. As the announcements approached No. 1, the air filled with anticipation.

Acclaimed French chef Alain Passard (Arpège, No. 19 this year) took home the Lifetime Achievement award, while French patissier Pierre Hermé won World’s Best Pastry Chef. Chef Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn) was crowned the World’s Best Female Chef.

The list represented 23 countries from six continents. Six restaurants from the United States made the top 50 list, including an inaugural Art of Hospitality award that went to Eleven Madison Park by restaurateur Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm. The restaurant also took the No. 3 spot.

Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park celebrates his restaurant earning no. 3 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park celebrates his restaurant earning no. 3 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Two new U.S. entries made it into the top 50 for the first time: Saison in San Francisco (No. 27) and Estela in New York City (No. 44).

Italy was also well-represented on the list, with four Italian restaurants. Five from South America and six restaurants from Asia also made the list.

At a press conference after the ceremony, chef Bottura spoke of the incredible sense of responsibility and conscientiousness that comes with winning the title of No. 1. Back in summer of 2015, Bottura opened a soup kitchen in Milan, cooking meals for the city’s poor out of surplus food that got thrown out during the Milan Expo. He now has plans to expand his soup kitchen to Rio de Janeiro and other cities.

Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana at a post-awards-ceremony press conference. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana at a post-awards-ceremony press conference. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

He hopes his restaurant can inspire more chefs to tackle food waste. “Osteria Francescana is a laboratory of ideas. We create edible emotions, and we are an example for the others,” he said.

Here is the full list of winners:

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, U.K.

44. Estela, New York, USA

43. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico

42. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China

41. Faviken, Jarpen, 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 ANDRE, 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, U.K.

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 Sebastián, 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, U.K.

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