The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018

In case you missed it, I joined The World's 50 Best family this year as an official TasteHunter, a digital ambassador for the brand as part of their social media initiative. This job is unpaid, but it comes with many perks. For me, the biggest is being able to attend the many events hosted by The World’s 50 Best throughout the year, such as the #50BestTalks food conference, and, of course, The World’s 50 Best ceremony. This day is the food industry equivalent of the Oscars: it’s when the year’s list of best restaurants are announced. All of the best chefs from around the world come together to celebrate the year in food, and our wonderful community.

(To clarify, I’m not one of the voters who decides this list, I’m just an attendee. The anonymous voters are a panel of chefs and restauranteurs, food writers, and industry professionals from all around the world, who submit their top ten meals from that year. You can find out more about the voting process here.)

I’m still on a high from last month’s incredible ceremony. When I started this Instagram five years ago, it was just for fun, just a hobby. I never thought my love for food could actually turn into a job. I never imagined I’d find a community of people as passionate about food as I am, lifelong friends, family. 

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What have I learned in the past five years? In the past three months in Europe? I think Massimo Bottura says it best: “Cooking is an act of love. We aren’t eating food, we’re eating emotion.” He’s right! I don’t think there’s anything in the word as powerful or full of love as food.

I spent a week with so many of my culinary idols, tasting their incredible food, and listening to them passionately talk about food issues that matter to them. Of course, it was very exciting to celebrate this year’s list of winning restaurants, but The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is so much more than a list. It’s a celebration of community, of love. It’s a time to open a dialogue about important issues (sustainability, food waste, hunger, supporting female chefs), in order to spark change.

I’ve never been more inspired, excited, or proud to be in this industry, our culinary nation, and I couldn’t imagine a better ending to my European trip. With food, we can change the world.

I’ll be sharing lots more memories and food pictures from my time in Spain, but for now, I’ll leave you with the list of The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018: 

(*click the bold links for reviews of the restaurants I’ve been to from the list)

1. Osteria Francescana; Modena, Italy

2. El Celler de Can Roca; Girona, Spain

3. Mirazur; Menton, France

4. Eleven Madison Park; New York, USA

5. Gaggan; Bangkok, Thailand

6. Central; Lima, Peru

7. Maido; Lima, Peru

8. Arpège; Paris, France

9. Mugaritz; San Sebastián, Spain

10. Asador Etxebarri; Axpe, Spain

11. Quintonil; Mexico City, Mexico

12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns; Pocantico Hills, USA

13. Pujol; Mexico City, Mexico

14. Steirereck; Vienna, Austria

15. White Rabbit; Moscow, Russia

16. Piazza Duomo; Alba, Italy

17. Den; Tokyo, Japan

18. Disfrutar; Barcelona, Spain

19. Geranium; Copenhagen, Denmark

20. Attica; Melbourne, Australia

21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée; Paris, France

22. Narisawa; Tokyo, Japan

23. Le Calandre; Rubano, Italy

24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet; Shanghai, China

25. Cosme; New York, USA

26. Le Bernardin; New York, USA

27. Boragó; Santiago, Chile

28. Odette; Singapore

29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen; Paris, France

30. D.O.M.; São Paulo, Brazil

31. Arzak; San Sebastián, Spain

32. Tickets; Barcelona, Spain

33. The Clove Club; London, UK

34. Alinea; Chicago, USA

35. Maaemo; Oslo, Norway

36. Reale; Castel di Sangro, Italy

37. Restaurant Tim Raue; Berlin, Germany

38. Lyle’s; London, UK

39. Astrid y Gastón; Lima, Peru

40. Septime; Paris, France

41. Nihonryori RyuGin; Tokyo, Japan

42. The Ledbury; London, UK

43. Azurmendi; Larrabetzu, Spain

44. Mikla; Istanbul, Turkey

45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal; London, UK

46. Saison; San Francisco, USA

47. Schloss Schauenstein; Fürstenau, Switzerland

48. Hiša Franko; Kobarid, Slovenia

49. Nahm; Bangkok, Thailand

50. The Test Kitchen; Cape Town, South Africa

See the full list of winners here.

*It should be noted that many have complained about the lack of female chefs on this list, specifically the absence of Dominique Crenn and Clare Smyth (the recipient of this year's Best Female Chef award). I was sad to see Atelier Crenn drop from this year's list, however, Core by Clare Smyth was not eligible for entry on the list this year since the restaurant has only been open for a few months. I look forward to seeing many more females on this list in the future.

Following along on Instagram? See more from the trip at #CarnivorrTravel.