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Hungry? The World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2016 have been revealed

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Massimo Bottura, whose Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, took the No.1 spot in World's 50 Best Restaurants, 2016.
Massimo Bottura, whose Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, took the No.1 spot in World's 50 Best Restaurants, 2016.
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Pól Ó Conghaile

Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is the best restaurant on the planet, according to The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2016.

The highly-influential list, voted upon by almost 1,000 leaders of the global restaurant community, was announced last night in New York.

Massimo Bottura's osteria, renowned for its twists on traditional ingredients, is the first ever Italian restaurant to top the list.

The 2016 list, described by organisers as "an annual snapshot of the greatest gastronomic experiences across the globe," features three Spanish restaurants in the Top 10 - El Celler de Can Roca (which falls from first to second place), Mugaritz at No.7 and Asador Etxebarri at No.10.

Copenhagen's Noma, a three-time winner, drops from third to fifth place.

Maido in Lima is the highest climber, rising from No.44 to No.13 on this year's list - confirming the Peruvian capital's meteoric rise as a foodie capital. Lima's Capital Restaurant retains its place at No.4, while Astrid y Gastón features at No.30.

Three UK restaurants make the cut, including The Ledbury, which rises six places from No. 20 to No.14. However, no Irish restaurants feature.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2016:

  1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  3. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
  4. Central, Lima, Peru
  5. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  6. Mirazur, Menton, France
  7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
  11. D.O.M, Sao Paolo, Brazil
  12. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  13. Maido, Lima, Peru
  14. The Ledbury, London, UK
  15. Alinea, Chicago, USA
  16. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  17. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  18. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  19. Arpege, Paris, France
  20. Amber, Hong Kong, China
  21. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
  22. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
  23. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  24. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
  25. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  26. The Clove Club, London, UK
  27. Saison, San Francisco, USA
  28. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  29. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
  30. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
  31. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
  32. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
  33. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
  34. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
  35. Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  36. Borago, Santiago, Chile
  37. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
  38. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
  39. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  40. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
  41. Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden
  42. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
  43. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
  44. Estela, New York, USA
  45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
  46. Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy
  47. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
  48. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantino Hills, USA
  49. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
  50. Septime, Paris, France

The World's 50 Best Restaurants list is created from the votes of The Diners Club World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a group of almost 1,000 food writers and critics, chefs and restaurateurs around the world.

Members base lists on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months, with the list independently adjudicated by Deloitte.

The list has its critics, notably for a relative scarcity of French restaurants (not to mention female chefs), but has proved hugely influential to the careers of others like René Redzepi and Magnus Nilsson, and is quick to embrace new restaurants and ideas. 

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