his year, S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are sharing for the first time, the top 51-100 restaurants in advance of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards ceremony on June 1st.
And a Canadian restaurant – Joe Beef of Montreal – has made its debut on the list at number 81. Chefs David McMillan and Frédéric Morin opened the restaurant back in 2005 and have been receiving accolades ever since, but as Canadian restaurants are not included in the Michelin star system, this award is of particular note. The last time any of our restaurants received a S.Pellegrino World's 100 Best Restaurants award was back in 2010, when Langdon Hall claimed the 77th spot and Calgary's Rouge 60th place.
Joe Beef's co-owner David McMillan tweeted his gratitude yesterday - "Thank you all / Merci à tous . Who would have thought? Love from us . Merci le Québec/Canada ."
The 51-100 list recognises 24 countries around the world across six continents and is created from the votes of The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy – just under 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on "their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months." Particularly fascinating - there is no pre-determined checklist of criteria, "in order to make the list as varied as possible."
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be announced at the annual awards ceremony at the Guildhall in London on June 1, 2015.
Will a Canadian restaurant make the 1-50 cut? What about a Toronto restaurant? Who do you think deserves a top spot?