The World on a Plate
The list's publication generates a media storm across all continents, and remains a source of endless discussion and debate. Who doesn't enjoy showing off about where they have recently eaten or how far they have travelled to do so? And that's before you even start on whether Eleven Madison Park is a better restaurant than The Fat Duck, or if you prefer natural wines or classic clarets.
Importantly, '50 Best' as it's colloquially known, celebrates the unusual, the innovative and – very often – the far-flung. By including the likes of Fäviken in the wilds of northern Sweden, or Brae in rural Australia in its recent lists, it reminds business travellers and globe-trotting gourmets alike that the restaurant scene is not limited to London, New York and Paris. By extension, it helps open up our palates and our minds to new ingredients and new experiences: live ants in Mexico, emu eggs in Melbourne, cow's heart in Scandinavia…
Next week, the greatest chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers from every corner of the planet will gather in Bilbao in northern Spain, for a series of events culminating in The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards 2018. Chefs come to eat and drink together, exchange war stories, compare notes and insights, set up collaborations, eat and drink some more, and celebrate each other's success. On 19th June, they will be joined by some 1,000 guests to hear the new list revealed, and to establish where we should all be eating in the coming year. Passport and booking apps at the ready, the race for reservations will shortly begin.
The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, takes place on 19th June, 2018 in Bilbao, Spain. You can follow the ceremony live on the 50 Best Facebook page (50BestRestaurants) and see the results via social media (TheWorlds50Best).
Words: William Drew
William Drew is the Group Editor of The World's 50 Best Restaurants.
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