As one of the biggest honours in gastronomy, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is the pinnacle of international restaurant awards. This year, Canadian cuisine returns to the world stage, with recognition bestowed on some of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants’ renowned chefs and establishments.
Now that the entire Top 100 on the S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna-sponsored best restaurants list has been unveiled, we know lightning did not strike twice. The announcement that a Canadian restaurant had made the much-respected World’s 50 Best list for the first time in 5 years had all of us excited for the rest of the roll-out.
Rumours had circulated for months among the chattering classes of Canada’s restaurant set that this year would mark our long-anticipated return to the ranks of Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best list. Joe Beef’s triumphant finish at #81 – one place above Alain Ducasse’s ultra-glamorous Three-Michelin starred Le Louis XV, in Monte Carlo – had Canadians hopeful as the world watched to see if Rene Redzepi’s Noma could hold on to its recently reclaimed #1 spot. As it turned out, El Celler de Can Roca in Spain snagged the number 1 title it last held in 2013, dropping four-time Danish winner Noma to third place. Anxiously awaiting news of the top spots, Canada did not manage to crack the top 50 this year while France was left wondering about its lack of a top 10 mention.
Legendary Chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana moved up from number 3 to an all time high of number 2 – earning a flurry of congratulatory tweets from chefs like Rob Gentile (our No. 3, No. 36 and No. 43), who hosted him here at his restaurant Buca Yorkville in March, and in turn, Gentile and his Canada’s 100 Best tour group will pay a visit to Osteria Francescana this October.
As Canada’s sole restaurant on the 2015 list, it’s a well-deserved nod for Joe Beef (No. 10 on our list). Honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Chef Daniel Boulud has two restaurants on our Canada’s 100 Best list – No. 27 Maison Boulud and No. 77 Café Boulud. Boulud’s group of restaurants span the US and Canada, with additional locations in Singapore and London, UK, each retaining the chefs’ French sensibility that we’ve come to crave from his brasseries and bistros.
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