European chefs made their mark in the top rankings of The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018, which were revealed at an awards ceremony in Bilbao. Taking the top honours was Italian chef Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was awarded the number one spot for the second time.
Osteria Franescana joined restaurants from Spain (last year's number one, El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona) and France (Mirazur in Paris) in second and third place respectively, with a total of six European eateries ranking in the top 10: Arpège in Paris (number eight), Mugaritz in San Sebastián (nine) and Asador Etxebarri in Axpe (10).
In order to decide the winners, more than 1,000 restaurant owners, chefs, writers and critics voted for their favourite venues, according to awards organiser William Reed
“Speaking at a press conference after winning his award, Bottura explained why his Modena restaurant deserved to reclaim its number one ranking.”
This year was the 17th edition of the annual global awards, dubbed the ‘foodie Oscars’, which celebrate outstanding chefs and restaurants, while highlighting the world’s diverse and innovative gastronomy. The results are based on votes from over 1,000 chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and well-travelled gourmets from all around the world.
Event partners included the Italian sparkling wine producer, Ferrari Trento, which sponsors an Art of Hospitality Award to pay tribute to the restaurant that offers outstanding hospitality and provides the most memorable experience for diners. This year the award was presented to Geranium in Copenhagen.