Last night, Marina Bay Sands was the site of two rare occasions: one, the Sands Theatre was the gathering of the world's best from the culinary scene and two, they were here for the World's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony, that's held in Singapore for the first time.
The annual event commemorates the achievements of restaurants, voted by industry peers, food writers, and travelling gourmets. This year's ceremony had changes made to the voting structure that removed previous number one restaurants from the main list and into a 'Best of the Best' one and promoted more diversity within it voting body (though the World's Best Female Chef category remains, for better or for worse… well, for worse IMO but congratulations to Daniela Soto-Innes for winning that).
Clinching top place is Mirazur (Menton, France); the restaurant had a third placing last year. This year's list also had the re-entry of three returning restaurants and the debut of 12 new restaurants with Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark) taking the Highest New Entry title at number two (Chef René Redzepi closed Noma on February 24, 2017 and opened one that's an urban farm on 15 February 2018. Yes, it's still called Noma but it's technically a new restaurant).
Oh, and Singapore's Odette took 18th placing, a 10-spot improvement from last year. *cue celebratory music*
Other award winners include, Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain) for the Westholme Highest Climber Award with a 29-place leap to number 14; as voted by his peers, Alain Passard of Arpège takes home the Chefs’ Choice Award; Den (Tokyo, Japan), wins the Art of Hospitality Award; Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland) nabs the Sustainable Restaurant Award.
Here's the complete list of the winners of 50 Best and other awards: