''Osteria Francescana'' in Modena, Italy wins the 'best restaurant' honour for the first time. Rough Cut - no reporter narration
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) 'Osteria Francescana' ascended to the top of the annual ranking of the world's best restaurants for its inventive twists on traditional Italian dishes on Monday (June 13). The restaurant received the honour at the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in New York. The restaurant in Modena, Italy, which was runner-up on last year's list, took the top spot from 2015 winner 'El Celler de Can Roca' in Girona, Spain. The list, compiled by trade publication 'Restaurant' magazine since 2002, was based the personal experiences of 972 chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and culinary experts, instead of a list of pre-determined criteria. The Best 50 list has gained prominence among chefs around the globe, rivaling the longstanding Michelin guides with it star system. Michelin has previously assigned three stars, its highest rating, to both 'Osteria Francescana' and 'El Celler de Can Roca'. Another three-star restaurant 'Eleven Madison Park' in New York City was ranked third, moving up two spots from last year. 'Central' in Lima, Peru held at No. 4 for a second year. Denmark's 'Noma' fell for a second year, down two places from the previous year to No. 5. The Copenhagen restaurant, known for its cutting-edge Scandinavian cuisine, held the best restaurant title in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Rounding out the top 10 were 'Mirazur' in Menton, France; 'Mugaritz' in San Sebastian, Spain; 'Narisawa' in Tokyo; 'Steirereck' in Vienna and 'Asador Etxebarri' in Axpe, Spain. More than half of the restaurants in the top 50 are in Europe. Six are in the United States; six in South America and five in Asia. Three restaurants dropped off from last year's top 10: London's 'Dinner by Heston Blumenthal' tumbled to No. 45, 'Gaggan' in Bangkok slid to No. 23 and 'D.O.M.' in San Paulo dipped to No. 11. The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards will be presented in Melbourne in 2017.