World's 50 best restaurants has slowly become arguably the most sought-after guide on the best places to dine globally. Based on a poll of 1000 international chefs, restaurateurs and critics, the ranking's award ceremony has always been held in London since its inception in 2002. This year saw its first relocation and the event was held in New York.
For the 2017 ranking, the organizing committee has decided to switch it up again and hold the event in Melbourne. The program will take place in mid-2017 and events will include a chef’s feast; a main awards ceremony; and touring programs around Melbourne and regional Victoria. The 800 invited guests will be made up of chefs, industry and top international food and wine media and influencers.
Despite being crowned as the host country, only one restaurant in Australia made the cut to be on the top 50 list this year, with the accolade going to Attica in Ripponlea for coming in 33rd, down one from last year. Two other Australian restaurants secured positions in the secondary 51 - 100 ranking, with Victoria's Brae jumping an impressive 22 positions from 87th to 65th position, while Sydney's Quay slid from 58th to 98th.
Ben Shewry of Attica restaurant on why Victoria's food scene is so special.