Britain’s Contribution to the World’s Best Restaurants

The prestigious awards ceremony has taken place in Bilbao, to announce the winners of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In first place was Osteria Francescana, located in Modena, an Italian city better known for its links with Ferrari. Massimo Bottura, the chef patron of the restaurant, is known for his non-profit organisation that encourages people to fight food waste, encouraging experimentation to use up leftovers.

As usual, the ceremony was not without some controversy, with this year’s hot topic being the lack of female winners. Only three women featured in the top 50, and this reflects the attitudes of the host city, as Bilbao has many dining clubs where female cooks are not allowed in the kitchen. There is a separate award for the 50 best female chefs, which is discriminatory, implying they need their own category.

The highest placing British winner was The Clove Club, situated in the East end of London, featuring at number 33, a drop of five places from last year’s awards. It is renowned for using often-overlooked ingredients to create modern British dishes in an informal setting.

At number 38 was Lyle’s, a relatively new restaurant in Shoreditch, London, that often invites well-known chefs from around the world to guest in their kitchen. The menu changes daily, dependant on the seasons, and the restaurant has its own network of fishermen and farmers.

The final British entry, at number 43, The Ledbury, is also in London and already had the honour of two Michelin stars. The menu is built around British produce, with game dishes being particularly popular when in season.

British food is certainly on the ascent, and may yet compete with the likes of Italy, Spain and France who took the coveted top three positions. British food may be an underdog now but won’t be for long.