Two Australian restaurants ranked in world's top 50 at ceremony in Melbourne

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/4/6 11:10:16

Two Victorian restaurants have made the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants list for the first time.

Attica, located 10 km southeast of Melbourne in Ripponlea, retained its position as Australia's best restaurant at the gala ceremony in Melbourne, coming in at No.32.

Attica was joined by Dan Hunter's Brae in Birregurra, 140 km west of Melbourne, which made its debut on the list at No.44 just four years after opening its doors for the first time.

The two Victorian institutions were the only Australian restaurants to make the top 50 with celebrity chef Neil Perry's Quay, located on the Sydney Harbor, making the extended list of 100 at No.95.

New York City's Eleven Madison Park was named the world's best restaurant with 2016's winner, Italy's Osteria Francescana, came second while previous winner El Celler de Can Roca in Spain rounded out the top three.

Swiss chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara purchased Eleven Madison Park in 2011 and quickly transformed it into one of the world's best fine dining experiences.

"All of us here, we have the chance to give people the grace to forget about something for a moment, we get to give them a bit of magic in a world that needs more of it," Humm said in accepting the award.

The ceremony was just the second time the event, dubbed the Oscars of the culinary world, was held outside of London.

Ben Shewry, owner and head chef of Attica, said the two Victorian restaurants making the top 50 was made even sweeter by the event taking place in Melbourne.

"We're a small restaurant and we work really hard. It's an incredible achievement for the team - 32 people and they're just incredible," Shewry said.

The 39-year-old, who has earned a reputation for using native Australian ingredients, said that Brae making the top 50 was particularly significant.

"It's better than our own award. The guys at Brae are our friends and they push us and inspire us every day. There's never any jealousy, it's just great for us and for Victoria,"

Bangkok's Gaggan was named the best restaurant in Asia, coming in at number seven, while Hong Kong's Amber and Shanghai's Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet were the two Chinese restaurants on the list at No.24 and No.41 respectively.

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