World’s 50 Best Restaurants Press Release 2014

Posted on: February 4th, 2014 by Simon Carter & Daniel Darwood



Worlds50bestlogoAs it enters its 12th year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will be returning to London’s historic Guildhall for a prestigious ceremony on Monday 28th April.

Last year’s awards saw Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca end Noma’s three-year reign as the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant, having spent the two previous years waiting in the wings at no.2 on the list. With three restaurants in the top 10, Spain led the upper echelons of the list in 2013, with both France and the USA also boasting a strong overall presence having six restaurants each in the top 50.

Each year the awards provide an annual snapshot of the world’s gastronomic scene; a globally recognised and respected reference point which showcases leading trends from all corners of the Earth.

The Awards

At the ceremony, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants are announced, culminating in the coveted award for the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant. Further award categories include The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef and The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2014, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants will recognise a new individual award category: The World’s Best Pastry Chef, sponsored by Cacao Barry.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is organised by Restaurant magazine and presented in the company of the world’s most influential restaurateurs, finest chefs and assembled international media.

How the list is compiled

The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry. The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member can cast seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of the academy member’s own region.

The panel in each region is made up of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria.


The results will be published online at as soon as they have been announced to the assembled chefs and Academy members at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in London on the evening of 28th April.

Everyone is welcome to watch the list being unveiled live online via and the official Twitter site @theworld50best will have up to the minute updates from the Guildhall as the magic unfolds.

The results will also feature in the May issue of Restaurant magazine and a standalone World’s 50 Best Restaurants Guide will be available for sale from 29th April.

William Drew, Group Editor of Restaurant magazine and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “As we enter our 12th year of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, we are pleased to confirm the date of the awards for 2014.

“As always we strive to ensure the results reflect the current global dining scene, with the system enabling members to vote far and wide from small, unknown restaurants in secluded regions to the best-known restaurants in the world.

“We are proud of the integrity upheld by our Academy and have no doubt the 2014 list will prove to be as exciting and inspiring as ever.”

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 Notes to editors:
Restaurant magazine is the UK’s leading publication for restaurateurs and chefs, and has been publishing The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2002 and hosting the Awards since 2003. Restaurant magazine is solely responsible for organising the awards, collating the votes and producing the list.

  S.Pellegrino and Aqua Panna are main sponsors of the awards. S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.

For further information on S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna please contact:

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Acqua Panna & S.Pellegrino – The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards main sponsor & Continental Awards sponsor

Birra Moretti – Official beer supplier

Cacao Barry – ‘World’s Best Pastry Chef sponsor and official chocolate supplier

Farm Africa – Official Charity Partner

Diners Club International – Official Financial Services Sponsor and sponsor of ‘The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award’ and The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.

Gaggenau – ‘Chefs’ Choice’ sponsor and official domestic appliances supplier

Lavazza – ‘Highest Climber Award’ sponsor and official coffee supplier

Les Concierges – ‘The Highest New Entry Award’ sponsor and official global concierge sponsor.

Dekton by Cosentino – sponsor of the ‘One to Watch’ and Official quartz work surface supplier

Veuve Clicquot – sponsor of ‘The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef’ and official Champagne supplier

Zacapa – ‘Sustainable Restaurant Award’ sponsor and official spirits suppliers