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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019: France's Mirazur has clinched the number 1 spot

Spoiler alert: no Australian restaurants make the cut.

By Yvonne C Lam
Mauro Colagreco (second from left) and the Mirazur team at The World's Best 50 Restaurants awards ceremony.
French restaurant Mirazur, led by Argentinian-born chef Mauro Colagreco, has clinched the top spot on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list for 2019.
The accolade was announced in Singapore on Tuesday night at the annual international awards ceremony, which also saw René Redzepi's re-launched Noma (who sent their co-owner and dishwasher, Ali Sonko, to represent the restaurant) and Asador Etxebarri in Spain round out the top 3 list.
Mirazur, which already has three Michelin stars under its belt, marks the first time that France has ranked first since The World's 50 Best Restaurants began in 2002.
Colagreco has called the award "a great honour". "It recognises the trajectory of my life from Argentina to the Riviera that welcomed me so warmly 19 years ago. I am overjoyed to bring this award back to France," he said in a statement. "I am from so many influences but above everything, I am a cook and I love to cook. My food is just from my heart, and I love to share it with my guests. From all of us at Mirazur, thank you."
Colagreco moved to France in his 20s, working with a string of celebrated French chefs including Alain Passard, Alain Ducasse and the late Bernard Loiseau. In 2006, he opened Mirazur in Menton near the French-Italian border, serving envelope-pushing food that takes inspiration from his Italian-Argentinian heritage, the mountains and waters of the French Riviera, and produce picked from restaurant's own garden located just 300 metres away.
Mirazur débuted on the list at number 35 in 2009, and has steadily risen through the ranks over the years. In 2018, it ranked third on the list behind Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana in Italy (number 1) and Spain's El Celler de Can Roca (number 2).
Over the years, the awards have faced criticism for a lack of diversity in its rankings, which skewed heavily towards European restaurants, and kitchens led by male chefs. This year's list still includes 28 restaurants from Europe, as well as eight from Central and South America, seven from Asia, six from the USA and one from Africa.
Five restaurants in the top 50 are run by women, with Central in Peru (number 6) jointly led by chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León. The contentious "world's best female chef" award still remains, with this year's accolade going to Daniela Soto-Innes of New York restaurants Atla and Cosme.
Notably, no Australian restaurants made the shortlist. Attica slipped from its all-time high of number 20 to land at number 84 on the longlist, and Brae dropped from last year's 58th place to 101st. (This year the longlist expanded from 100 entries to 120.) Despite speculation, Sydney's Quay failed to crack the top 50. Peter Gilmore's harbourside restaurant was last spotted at 98th spot in 2016 before a multimillion-dollar renovation last year. The Chairman in Hong Kong has débuted on the shortlist at number 41 – it's run by Danny Yip, who previously owned a string of restaurants in Canberra including much-loved The Chairman & Yip.
The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019 full list
  1. Mirazur, Menton, France
  2. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
  4. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  5. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  6. Central, Lima, Peru
  7. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
  8. Arpège, Paris, France
  9. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
  10. Maido, Lima, Peru
  11. Den, Tokyo, Japan
  12. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  13. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  14. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  15. Septime, Paris, France
  16. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
  17. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  18. Odette, Singapore
  19. Twins Garden, Moscow, Russia
  20. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
  21. Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
  22. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  23. Cosme, New York City, USA
  24. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  25. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
  26. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  27. The Clove Club, London, United Kingdom
  28. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, USA
  29. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  30. Elkano, Getaria, Spain
  31. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  32. Nerua, Bilbao, Spain
  33. Lyle's, London, United Kingdom
  34. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  35. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, USA
  36. Le Bernardin, New York City, USA
  37. Alinea, Chicago, USA
  38. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
  39. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil
  40. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
  41. The Chairman, Hong Kong
  42. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
  43. Hof Van Cleve, Kruisem, Belgium
  44. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
  45. Sühring, Bangkok, Thailand
  46. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
  47. Benu, San Francisco, USA
  48. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
  49. Leo, Bogotá, Colombia
  50. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
  • undefined: Yvonne C Lam