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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 winners have been announced

This year’s list had predictably strong showings from Spain, France and Scandinavia, but Australia has come up short – with only one Melbourne restaurant making the long-list.

By Callum McDermott
The team from Melbourne's Gimlet at Cavendish House. Photo: Ben Moynihan
The World's 50 Best Restaurants, one of the most influential restaurant awards in the world, announced its winners for 2022 this morning. Geranium, in Copenhagen, took out the top spot. The hyper-seasonal fine diner led by head chef Rasmus Kofoed is located, strangely, in Denmark's national soccer stadium. It's been a ten-year ascent for the fine diner: it was ranked number 49 in 2012, earned three Michelin stars in 2022, and was the runner-up in last year's awards.
The rest of the list is dotted with familiar favourites: Lima's Central came in at number 2; Asador Extebarri was ranked 6th; San Sebastian's Mugaritz came 21st; and New York stalwart Le Bernardin was 44th. Following a rule change in 2019, restaurants are not eligible to win the title of best restaurant in the world more than once, which could explain the omission of Rene Redzepi's Noma from this year's list.
Australia failed to place in the top 50 this year, and only one restaurant made it onto the long-list: Andrew McConnell's Gimlet at Cavendish House, in Melbourne, was ranked 84th. It's a fantastic achievement for a restaurant that's rapidly established itself as one of the Victorian capital's essential bookings; despite an opening that was repeatedly stymied by Covid-related disruptions.
See the full list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2022 here.
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