A Mediterranean venue Mirazur has been ranked number 1 at the World 's 30 Best Restaurant Awards in Singapore, an event considered the Oscars of the gastronomic world.
Run by Argentine-Italian chef Mauro Colagreco, Mirazur is located in Menton, France, near the Italian border. The victory adds to a remarkable year that began with Mirazur receiving its third Michelin star.
Colagreco and his team took the stage at Marina Bay Sands with a banner sewn in with the flags of the nations that have formed them: France, Argentina, Italy and Brazil.
France "allows me to express myself," Colagreco told the crowd, but "cuisine can cross all kinds of borders.
Later, after reflecting a little on the honor, Colagreco, in a press conference after the awards, said: "It's incredible, I have no words to explain, it's something so special, all the work, all the love of my team to achieve this award is something very special for us and for Julia [his wife].
A new rule introduced this year in the world of cooking (in spanish: mundo de la cocina) made previous first prize winners eligible for the list, so the only guarantee of the night was that there would be a new star at the top of the list.
The fundamental change excluded New York's Eleven Madison Park, The French Laundry in California, The Fat Duck near London and last year's winner, Osteria Francescana from Modena in Italy. Instead, these restaurants will enter the 'Best of the Best' program.
The Best of the Best program is still under development, but William Drew, group editor of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, explained that the platform allows the 50 Best to "embrace the projects they are passionate about.
The idea, according to Drew, is "to make positive changes in the food world as a whole. We want to use 50 Best Talks, our various platforms and content programs through digital channels to highlight those initiatives and positive changes.
Daniel Humm, chef at New York's Eleven Madison Park, told CNN that they didn't care about the new rule. "It's much more important to have amazing chefs to participate and that's good for everyone and I think everyone wants that. It can't be our time forever, and we're happy not to compete every year," Humm said.
Bangkok's Gaggan, who has topped the list of Asia's 50 best restaurants a record four times, came in fourth place and, of course, won the award for best restaurant in Asia.
Live well in Lima
Diners who can't get a table at Noma can always try their neighboring Copenhagen geranium, in fifth place, where head chef Rasmus Kofoed serves an adventurous tasting menu with highlights including beeswax and rhubarb pollen ice cream.
The Peruvian capital of Lima in the world of cuisine had two restaurants in the top 10: chefs Virgilio Martinez and Central de Pia Leon, where you can eat piranha served inside a piranha head full of teeth, and Maido, whose deal is the Japanese Peruvian fusion, with a highlight being the 50-hour cooked beef rib.
Although renowned restaurants in Lima and elsewhere, from Mexico City to Singapore, are on the list, no restaurant outside Europe or North America has won the world's top 50.
Since the competition began in 2002, the 17 winners have come from Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy and now France.
Spain's performance this year was solid with Mugaritz and Disfrutar at number seven and number nine respectively, with Disfrutar de Barcelona making a notable increase, having been the highest new entry in 2018.
One very important piece of news about cooking today (actualidad sobre cocina) is that Daniela Soto-Innes, born in Mexico, was named Best Female Chef in the World, an award that regularly generates controversy as some see it celebrating the inequality that event organizers say it helps address. In her speech she addressed the often aggressive culture that persists in kitchens around the world, saying "I decided that if I ever ran my own kitchen it would be more like the kitchens I grew up in: full of joy, happiness and community," he said.
"As a Mexican woman leading a diverse team, I believe that with each day, each meal, each guest, we can fight against the ignorance and prejudice that tells us that our voices should not be heard.
Soto-Ines' Manhattan restaurant, Cosme, was named the 28th best in the world.
Jessica Préalpato was named the best pastry chef in the world. Her delights can be tasted at Alain Ducasse on the Place Athénée in that pastry capital, Paris.
The 30 best restaurants in the world
- Mirazur (Menton, France)
- Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark) * The new highest entry
- Asador Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)
- Gaggan (Bangkok) * best restaurant in Asia
- Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
- Central (Lima, Peru) * best restaurant in South America
- Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
- Arpege (Paris, France) place of Alain Passard
- Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain) * highest entry last year
- Maido (Lima, Peru)
- Den (Tokyo, Japan) * Art of Hospitality Award
- Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) * Best restaurant in North America *
- White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)
- Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain) * Award to the highest climber
- Septime (Paris, France)
- Alain Ducasse at Place Athénée (Paris, France)
- Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)
- Odette (Singapore)
- Twins Garden (Moscow, Russia) * new entry
- Tickets (Barcelona, Spain)
- Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)
- Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
- Cosme (New York)
- Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
- Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)
- Boragó (Santiago, Chile)
- The Clove Club (London, United Kingdom)
- Blue Hill in Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York)
- Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
- Elkano (Getaria, Spain)