USA loses top spot in World's 50 Best Restaurants rankings

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USA loses top spot in World's 50 Best Restaurants rankings

Run by chef Massimo Bottura, the restaurant in Modena, Italy pipped last year's victor, New York's "Eleven Madison Park," in the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards, after first taking the honour in 2016.

Spain leads the way with seven restaurants on the list, including three in the top 10 - El Celler de Can Roca (No 2); Mugaritz (No 9) and Asador Etxebarri (No 10).

But above everything else, and as an introduction, William Drew, group editor of World's 50 Best Restaurants insisted on saying goodbye to American food icon and television host Anthony Bourdain, who died tragically earlier this month. The restaurant, farm, and inn in Healdsburg, Calif.is run by married couple Katina and Kyle Connaughton. Hopefully we'll see plenty of women on the 50 Best list and there won't be a need for that award'.

Tuesday's ceremony also handed out individual chef awards. However, if you want to eat at this restaurant, you better do it soon as chef Gaggan Anand has pledged to close it down in 2020 after 10 years of service. Peru's Gaston Acurio won the Diner's Club Lifetime Achievement Award.

Restaurant magazine launched the awards in 2002 and they are now as coveted by restaurants as Michelin stars, although the methodology used to select the best restaurants has faced criticism, especially from several French chefs who say it is unclear.

Massimo Bottura accepted the award for the three-Michelin-star restaurant in Modena, Italy, saying, "This is awesome". The event has been held before in London, New York and Melbourne. Crenn was awarded the "Best Female Chef" title in 2016, although she was left off the list that year as well.

In her acceptance speech for Best Female Chef, Smyth said she doesn't know why there aren't more women in the industry, but that it is necessary to remove barriers to "make a more human workplace for both men and women". This year, all of the top three restaurants were European.

Last year's victor, Eleven Madison Park in NY, slipped to number four, but goodies like a sturgeon and caviar cheesecake kept it rated the best restaurant in North America. It is the only restaurant from the Republic on the list.

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