Today at event in London, chefs from around the world gathered to learn which restaurants have landed on the World’s 50 Best list. Stanley Tucci is acting as host; the event was originally to take place in Moscow; the organization announced the move to London in February following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Though the organization didn’t say explicitly that the invasion is what prompted to the venue change, though did confirm before the start of the ceremony that Russia restaurants would not be eligible for the list this year. A spokesperson told Eater: “We do not hold any restaurants or bars individually responsible for the actions of their government and we acknowledge all those in Russia who have bravely denounced the actions of their leaders. However, by including Russian restaurants or bars in our high-profile lists, we would be tacitly supporting hospitality-driven tourism to Russia, boosting revenue in the country and indirectly supporting the government through taxation … As an organization, we do not believe it is right to promote Russia as a dining or drinking destination at this current time.”
Blocking Russian restaurants from this year’s list means two open slots in the top 50: those held by Moscow’s White Rabbit (No. 25 in 2021) and Twins Garden (No. 30 in 2021). No Russian establishments will appear on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 list either; that list will drop in October.
Throughout the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list’s 20 iterations, only European or North American restaurants have occupied the “best” restaurant slot. The top spot has never gone to a South American or Asian restaurant, and there are no restaurants on the 2021 list from anywhere in the Middle East. The organization did launch a new regional list covering the Middle East and North Africa this year, with Dubai having a particularly strong showing. Whether any restaurants from Dubai — or India, or anywhere on the African continent beyond a single restaurant in South Africa — make it onto this year’s list remains to to be seen.
The list has committed to gender parity among its 1,000-plus judges, though it’s not clear what impact that decision will have on the composition of the list. The 2021 list included just four restaurants helmed by female chefs.
René Frank of Coda in Berlin was named the World’s Best Pastry Chef.
Here now is the list so far. We’ll be updating as more restaurants are announced.
The 2022 World’s 50 Best Restaurants List
50. Single Thread, Healdsburg, CA
49. Ikoyi, London
48. Leo, Bogota
47. Oteque, Rio de Janiero [new entry]
46. Belcanto, Lisbon
45. Narisawa, Tokyo
44. Le Bernadin, New York City
43. Boragó, Santiago
42. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
41. La Cime, Osaka [new entry]
Additional reporting by Erika Adams.