The top 50 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 were revealed in a glittering ceremony at London’s Old Billingsgate on the bank of River Thames on 18 July.
Copenhagen-based restaurant Geranium was named the world’s best restaurant and consequently, the best restaurant in Europe.
Run by Rasmus Kofoed and Søren Ledet, Geranium was the runner-up in 2021. It is the second Danish restaurant in as many years to top the list. The 2021 list was topped by Noma, which, too, is based in Copenhagen and has won the coveted honour five times.
“Rasmus Kofoed, Søren Ledet and their team have created an unforgettable dining experience, taking seasonal cooking to superlative heights and delivering precise, beautiful and elegant food that combines art and flavour alongside a ground-breaking drinks programme,” said William Drew, director of content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Geranium was followed by Central in Lima at No.2 and Disfrutar in Barcelona at No.3. Central is the first South American restaurant to enter the top three on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
The top 50 names include restaurants from 24 territories in five continents across the world. Among them are 12 new entries and two re-entries.
The event was hosted by actor Stanley Tucci and marked the 20th-anniversary celebration of 50 Best.
World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Winners of special awards
Ranked 12th overall, Uliassi in Senigallia, a small port town on Italy’s Adriatic coast, won the highest new entry award.
New entrant Fyn was named the Best Restaurant in Africa. The restaurant, which is located in South Africa’s Cape Town, stood at 37th place overall.
Den, the Tokyo-based restaurant, which topped the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, was named the Best Restaurant in Asia. Overall, Den finished in 20th place.
Pujol in Mexico City, which was No.5 on the list, won the Best Restaurant in North America honour.
Other award winners were 33rd placed Atomix in New York and 17th placed Nobelhart & Schmutzig in Berlin. While Atomix took home the Art of Hospitality Award, Nobelhart & Schmutzig was adjudged the winner of the Highest Climber Award for gaining 28 places from its position on the 2021 list.
Among the special awards of the night was the Sustainable Restaurant Award, which was won by Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa Maria, a small Spanish town in the Bay of Cádiz.
There were three prominent awards for individuals. René Frank of Coda, Berlin, won the World’s Best Pastry Chef Award while Josep Roca, the sommelier of El Celler de Can Roca, bagged the inaugural World’s Best Sommelier Award. Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil in Mexico City won the Chefs’ Choice Award.
Pre-announced special awardees included Champions of Change winners: Dieuveil Malonga, Koh Seng Choon and duo Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina.
While the World’s Best Female Chef Award went to Leonor Espinosa, the Icon Award was won by social entrepreneur Wawira Njiru.
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— The World’s 50 Best (@TheWorlds50Best) July 18, 2022
AM par Alexandre Mazzia, a restaurant in Marseille, France, was the winner of the One To Watch Award.
The best of Asia on the list
Seven Asian restaurants were among The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022.
These include the highest-placed Den at No.20, followed by The Chairman, Hong Kong (No.24), Florilège, Tokyo (No.30), and Odette, Singapore (No.36).
New entries Sorn in Bangkok (No.39) and La Cime, Osaka (No.41) were followed by Narisawa, Tokyo (No.45) to complete the Asian restaurants on the top 50 list.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022: 1—50
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Location: New York
Location: Cape Town
The Clove Club
Location: New York
Location: San Cassiano
Location: Hong Kong
Hof Van Cleve
Restaurant Tim Raue
Location: San Sebastian
Nobelhart & Schmutzig
Location: Castel di Sangro
Location: Buenos Aires
Location: Mexico City
Location: Gardone Riviera
A Casa do Porco
Location: São Paulo
Location: Mexico City
(Main and Featured images: Restaurant Geranium/@restaurantgeranium/Facebook)