Mirazur, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the resort town of Menton, on the French Riviera, has been awarded the coveted title of World’s Best Restaurant and Best Restaurant in Europe 2019. The other top positions were given to restaurant Noma , @nomacph, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, Spain.
The title was given to the French restaurant run by chef Mauro Colagreco, by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 organization during an award ceremony sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on Tuesday, featuring star chefs from around the world.
This is the first time in the award’s 18-year history that a French restaurant has received the top prize. Mirazur took over the No.1 position from Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy. Mirazur appeared as No.3 in 2018 and No. 4 in 2017.
Osteria Francescana joined a new category created for former winners, the “best of the best” group, a sort of restaurant hall of fame. Included in the list are El Bulli, The French Laundry, The Fat Duck, Noma (in its original incarnation), El Celler de Can Roca and Eleven Madison Park.
In this year’s event which is considered the biggest night of the international culinary world, 26 countries from five continents won a place in the list of World’s Best 50.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has been ranking the top 100 fine dining destinations around the globe every year since 2002, with the winners chosen by a panel of more than 1,000 chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.
A week ago, ahead of the awards ceremony the World’s 50 Best Restaurants organization revealed the first cut of restaurants in this year’s special 120 winners list that included the restaurants placed from number 51 to 120
Mirazur’s selection “is a testament to Chef Colagreco’s love of local produce, most of which is grown in the restaurant’s three-tiered garden just meters from the dining room, complemented by a stunning French Riviera backdrop,” explained the organizers.
“This year we are thrilled to see Mirazur claim the No.1 spot after rising through the ranks since making its debut on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No.35 in 2009, it’s been brilliant to witness its progress,” said William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “This has been a wonderful, progressive year for the list as a whole, with so many new entries from all corners of the globe.”
Spain got the biggest number, with seven restaurants in the World’s 50 Best, many of them in the Basque country. including three in the top 10: Asador Etxebarri (No.3); Mugaritz (No.7); and Disfrutar (No.9).
The USA got second place in the number of restaurants with six in the list, including Cosme (No.23) in New York, which is helmed by The World’s Best Female Chef 2019, Daniela Soto-Innes, and two new entries: Atelier Crenn (No.35), and Benu (No.47), both in San Francisco, California.
This year Denmark has two at the top-five honors for the new incarnation of Noma (No.2) and Geranium (No.5), both in Copenhagen.
Peru also makes the top ten list with entries from Lima including Central (No.6), once again voted The Best Restaurant in South America, and Maido (No.10). Mexico claimed two spots in the upper echelons of the list: Pujol (No.12), which is named The Best Restaurant in North America, and Quintonil (No.24), both in Mexico City.
The UK, Italy, Japan, China, Thailand and Russia are also each represented with two restaurants on the list.
Alain Passard of Arpège in Paris, France (No.8), won the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm, voted on by the world’s leading chefs in the list and awarded to a peer who has made a significant impact to the culinary world in the past year.
The Art of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Legle, went to Tokyo’s Den (No.11). The restaurant is highly regarded for its holistic approach to service. Other Asia-based restaurants in the list include Gaggan (No.4), in Bangkok, which is closing next year, named The Best Restaurant in Asia, and Odette (No.18) from Singapore.
The Test Kitchen (No.44) from Cape Town is The Best Restaurant in Africa.
UK, which has seen its share of top 50 establishments drop from four to two.
Here is the full list of the 50 best:
50. Schauenstein, Switzerland
49. Leo, Colombia
48. Ultraviolet, China
47. Benu, USA (San Francisco)
46. De Librije, Netherlands
45. Suhring, Thailand
44. The Test Kitchen, South Africa
43. Hof Van Cleve, Belgium
42. Belcanto, Portugal
41. The Chairman, Hong Kong
40. Tim Raue, Germany
39. A Casa do Porco, Brazil
38. Hisa Franko, Slovenia
37. Alinea, Chicago
36. Le Bernardin, USA (New York)
35. Atelier Crenn, USA (San Francisco)
34. Don Julio, Argentina
33. Lyle’s, United Kingdom
32. Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
31. Le Calandre, Italy
30. Elkano, Spain
29. Piazza Duomo, Italy
28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, USA (New York)
27. The Clove Club, United Kingdom
26. Borago, Chile
25. Pavillon Ledoyen, France
24. Quintonil, Mexico
23. Cosme, USA (New York)
22. Narisawa, Japan
21. Frantzen, Sweden
20. Tickets, Spain
19. Twins Garden, Russia
18. Odette, Singapore
17. Steirereck, Austria
16. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, France
15. Septime, France
14. Azurmendi, Spain
13. White Rabbit, Russia
12. Pujol, Mexico
13. Den, Japan
10. Maido, Peru
9. Disfrutar, Spain
8. L’Arpege, France
7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian
6. Central, Peru
5. Geranium, Denmark
4. Gaggan, Thailand
3. Asador Etxebarri, Spain
2. Noma, Denmark
1. Mirazur, France