On the 13th of June, the name of the word’s best restaurant was published. According to the list complied by the magazine 50 Best Restaurants, it’s Osteria Francescana belonging to Massimo Bottura. The Italian stole the top spot from those now in second position, El Celler de Can Roca. However the same list named chef Joan Roca as the world’s best chef.
Massimo Bottura, aged 54, learnt from the best doing work stages with Georges Cogny, Alain Ducasse and Ferran Adrià and in 1995 he opened Osteria Francescana. Year after year, Osteria has been climbing the world’s best restaurant list to finally reach the number one spot in 2016. Bottura defines his cuisine as intimate and cautious but daring at the same time; he feels great admiration for tradition and unconditional respect for the products of his country. Bottura innovates and dares to experiment with very diverse dishes, maintaining the balance between tradition and modernity. In fact, Osteria Francescana (three Michelin stars) is following the Slow Food trend which combines tradition with progress. On the other hand, the same list announced the name of the world’s best chef, which this year is Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca. With him one can appreciate the contrast between his success and the modesty he’s known for in addition to his techno-emotional cuisine.
Other tops of the 50 Best lists
The list of the 50 Best chooses the world’s best restaurants and chefs, also dedicating an award to the world’s best female chef. The winner is Dominique Green, whose cooking has been described as “poetic”. Green has always been close to French cuisine as her father used to take her to Paris and Versailles. Having spent time in the United States and Indonesia, her cuisine is a tribute to her childhood, always with a poetic element. Amongst the other awards, the following deserve a mention: Pierre Hermé as the world’s best pastry chef, Gaggan as Asia’s best restaurant and Central as South America’s best. You can see all of them here.