Mirazur tops World’s 50 Best Restaurants list

It’s the first time a French restaurant has been number one
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Chef Mauro colagreco at Restaurant Mirazur in Menton south of France
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Chef Mauro colagreco at Restaurant Mirazur in Menton south of France

Mirazur, Mauro Colagreco’s restaurant on the French Riviera, has been crowned as number one in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

It replaces Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana which drops off the list following a rule change that removed all previous winners from contention.

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Perhaps surprisingly, it’s the first time a French restaurant has topped the poll since its debut in 2002.

Mirazur is renowned for its vegetable garden where it grows its own produce – it’s salt-crusted beetroot is one of its famed dishes – and has been a regular on the list without topping it since it opened in 2006.

Argentinian-born chef Colagreco previously worked with Alain Passard and Alain Ducasse in Paris, but was more heavily mentored by celebrated chef Bernard Loiseau.

There were widespread changes to the voting system, as following years of criticism about the narrow reach of the list which features predominantly European and North American restaurants.

This year the judges reflected a 50/50 gender balance, while encouragement to reach a more diverse range of restaurants was implemented.

It meant a number of new inclusions to the list, not least the first appearance for Dominique Crenn, the American chef who received her third Michelin star for Atelier Crenn in 2018 and debuted at number 35 on the list.

She wasn’t the highest ranked of the five women to make the list however, with Daniela Soto-Innes making the list at number 23 with Cosme – which was also the top ranked USA restaurant.

The rest of the top five was rounded out by familiar names. Noma, Rene Redzepi’s Nordic cuisine concept in Copenhagen, Denmark, was at number two. That’s despite it being number one on the list for four years previously – but under the new rules as it had closed for a year then moved location it was allowed to be considered as a separate restaurant and could make the list. It was the highest new entry.
Number three is Asador Etxebarri in Spain, which came 10th last year. In fourth place, and moving up one spot from last year is Gaggan in Bangkok. While Copenhagen claimed its second top five entry with Geranium.

Other notable entries include Virgilio Martinez’s Central in Lima at six, and Jose Avillez’s Belcanto at 42.

No restaurants from the Middle East made the top 50, or even the extended top 120 list.

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