BILBAO (AFP) - Italy's Osteria Francescana was crowned the world's best restaurant for the second time on Tuesday (June 19) by an influential list compiled by British trade magazine Restaurant, beating out top eateries in Spain and France.
Run by chef Massimo Bottura, the restaurant in Modena, Italy, overtook last year's winner, New York's Eleven Madison Park, in the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards, which were handed out in Bilbao in Spain's northern Basque Country, famous for its avant-garde haute cuisine.
Osteria Francescana first won the award in 2016.
Spain's El Celler de Can Roca, which took the top honour in 2013 and 2015, came in second while third place went to Mirazur in southern France.
Meanwhile, Singapore's Odette made its first appearance on the top 50 list at No. 28. It is the only restaurant from the Republic on the list.
Chef Julien Royer's French fine-dining eatery at the National Gallery Singapore was ranked 86th last year.
Singapore's previous entry in the top 50, Restaurant Andre in Bukit Pasoh Road, was ranked 14th last year, but it shuttered in February.
The 51 to 100 list, which was released last week, featured a single Singapore eatery - Burnt Ends in Teck Lim Road.
Chef-owner Dave Pynt's modern Australian barbecue restaurant, however, fell eight places from No. 53 to No. 61.
Restaurant magazine launched the awards in 2002 and they are now as coveted by restaurants as Michelin stars, although the methodology used to select the best restaurants has faced criticism, especially from several French chefs who say it is unclear.
There are no criteria for putting a restaurant on the list, which is based on an anonymous poll of more than 1,000 chefs, restaurant owners, food critics and other industry insiders from around the world.
Each member gets 10 votes and at least four of those votes have to go to restaurants outside their region.
The winner has been in Spain seven times, the most of any country. In addition to El Celler de Can Roca's two wins, ground-breaking Spanish chef Ferran Adria's El Bulli, which he closed in 2011, took the prize a record five times.
This year was the first time the ceremony was held in Spain. The event has been held before in London, New York and Melbourne.