The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2012

This year I was lucky enough to cover the 10th World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards for Canadian magazine The Tomato. I was pleased to see so many new entries into the top 50 and indeed the top 100, showing a much more diverse collection of restaurants than last year. Especially Dinner by Heston Blumenthal which was the highest new entry at number nine and where I recently did a stage. I was also surprised, as I’m sure many were, to see some of the movers and shakers on the list. And of course, there were some lovely canapés by Massimo Bottura and Rhubarb. More words to the effect of what happened at the awards will mostly be disseminated there, to be posted in due course.

In the mean time though, here are the winners and a few of my snaps of the event before glasses of Veuve Clicquot turned into champagne slur:

The winner’s list:

1 Noma
2 El Celler De Can Roca
3 Mugaritz
4 D.O.M
5 Osteria Francescana
6 Per Se
7 Alinea
8 Arzak
9 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
10 Eleven Madison Park
11 Steirereck
12 L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joel Robuchon
13 The Fat Duck
14 The Ledbury
15 Le Chateaubriand
16 L’Arpege
17 Pierre Gagnaire
18 L’Astrance
19 Le Bernardin
20 Frantzén/Lindeberg
21 Oud Sluis
22 Aqua
23 Vendôme
24 Mirazur
25 Daniel
26 Iggy’s
27 Les Creations de Narisawa
28 Nihonryori RyuGin
29 Quay
30 Schloss Schauenstein
31 Asador Etxebarri
32 Le Calandre
33 De Librije
34 Fäviken
35 Astrid Y Gaston
36 Pujol
37 Momofuku Ssam Bar
38 Biko
39 Waku Ghin
40 Quique Dacosta
41 Mathias Dahlgren
42 Hof van Cleve
43 The French Laundry
44 Amber
45 Vila Joya
46 Il Canto
47 Bras
48 Manresa
49 Geranium
50 Nahm
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Qin Xie
Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef. When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN. Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014. According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.