World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2012 -10 Year Anniversary

The announcement of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2012, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, is to be held at a prestigious ceremony on Monday 30th April at London’s historic Guildhall. 2012 will be a milestone year for the awards ceremony, organised by Restaurant magazine, as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of this much-anticipated event, presented in the company of the world’s most influential restaurateurs, finest chefs and international media.

Last year, nearly two million people from across 222 countries visited the World’s 50 Best Restaurants website, demonstrating the true global appeal of the list to food-lovers everywhere. The Awards At the ceremony, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants are unveiled, culminating in the coveted award for the World’s Best Restaurant.

Other highlights include the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Silestone, the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by S.Pellegrino. This year also sees the introduction of a new category: the Slow Food Award, sponsored by Highland Park whisky. The award will be presented to the restaurant within the 50 Best whose outlook and execution best reflects notions of locality, heritage, sustainability and the revival of forgotten foods.

How the list is compiled: The list is created from the votes of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 800 international leaders in the restaurant industry. The Academy is split into 27 separate regions around the world, and each region has its own panel of 31 members including a chairperson. The panel in each region is made up of food critics, writers, chefs and ‘gastronomes’, each of whom casts seven votes. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months; three restaurants on their shortlists must be from outside of their own region.

Results: The results of the awards will be published live on

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