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“It’s an absolutely amazing achievement for Ashley and the entire team,” says Blumenthal with typical generosity when I catch up with him the day the news is announced. “The opinion of every one of our guests is important and for Elite Traveler readers to take the time to vote for us is simply quite humbling. Of course, it’s an honor to come top in the UK, but awards or accolades are not a race. We want our guests to enjoy what we do, but going out to eat is really so subjective. I recognize that people want different restaurants for different things.”

Heston Blumenthal, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (UK’s Highest New Entry)

“We work for the diners and to be recognized by them is the best reward we can achieve. After 16 years of Pujol, we are still in service because diners are willing to come and try what we are doing and that’s amazing. It is the same with Cosme; to see people enjoying it is incredibly satisfying. Happiness for me is giving joy to others. If they like what they experience in my restaurants, I’m happy. It is a great time to be cooking in America. The new generation of American cooks is looking beyond fine dining and understand cooking as a form of personal expression, while also making their communities stronger.”

Enrique Olvera, Head Chef of Pujol and Cosme (New Entry)

“It’s great to be recognized in this way because it shows that the readers are dining and seeing what’s there when they come to the restaurant. They’re able to get a true sense of what the restaurant is about as opposed to thinking what a great restaurant should be or could be. They’re not following suit with everyone else.”

Curtis Duffy, Second Young Chef of the Year, Head Chef of Grace (Highest New Entry)

"It’s a great honor to be included among all the other world-class restaurants on this list. Our entire team works tirelessly to provide the most delicious food and gracious hospitality every single day and it’s these moments that help validate the efforts of everyone working within our walls,” the pair told Elite Traveler. “We’re humbled, but also looking forward to the continued challenge of getting better every day."

Daniel Humm, Head Chef of Eleven Madison Park

“It is a very pleasant emotion to feel appreciated by guests who visit our restaurant. They are our reason for living and existing and therefore we are so grateful for this recognition because it is these guests and readers of Elite Traveler who have conceded it to us. Furthermore, we know the importance of this acknowledgement as its relevance helps us to continue growing and for more people to know us. We feel honoured, grateful and motivated to continue working hard.”

Eneko Atxa, Head Chef of Azurmendi

“That’s what it’s all about! Because we come in early in the morning and we try to do everything we possibly can to give the guests that come through the door a great experience. It’s a very nice testament that we are on the right track to something.”

Esben Holmboe Bang, Young Chef of the Year, Head Chef of Maaemo

“It's nice to be recognized by your customers, it means you are doing something right. But behind Restaurant Gordon Ramsay there is a team of amazing talent who all work closely together and know exactly what’s needed and help manage all of the various pieces that make a restaurant run.”

Gordon Ramsay, Chef of the Year, Owner of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

“It is an amazing honor to be selected as the best restaurant in the world five years running by Elite Traveler,” Achatz told Elite Traveler. “Alinea strives every day to produce the best possible experience and it is incredibly rewarding to be recognized by the dining public as doing so.”

Grant Achatz, Head Chef of Alinea (Winning Restaurant)

"To have moved this far up the list in just one year is pretty amazing. This is an open poll and Elite Traveler diners eat in thousands of restaurants all over the globe every year. I'm just honoured to have been this highly considered by everyone and also incredibly proud of the team at Dinner. Ultimately, this is for them!"

Ashley Palmer-Watts, Head Chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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“It’s an absolutely amazing achievement for Ashley and the entire team,” says Blumenthal with typical generosity when I catch up with him the day the news is announced. “The opinion of every one of our guests is important and for Elite Traveler readers to take the time to vote for us is simply quite humbling. Of course, it’s an honor to come top in the UK, but awards or accolades are not a race. We want our guests to enjoy what we do, but going out to eat is really so subjective. I recognize that people want different restaurants for different things.”

Heston Blumenthal, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (UK’s Highest New Entry)

“It’s great to be recognized in this way because it shows that the readers are dining and seeing what’s there when they come to the restaurant. They’re able to get a true sense of what the restaurant is about as opposed to thinking what a great restaurant should be or could be. They’re not following suit with everyone else.”

Curtis Duffy, Second Young Chef of the Year, Head Chef of Grace (Highest New Entry)

"It’s a great honor to be included among all the other world-class restaurants on this list. Our entire team works tirelessly to provide the most delicious food and gracious hospitality every single day and it’s these moments that help validate the efforts of everyone working within our walls,” the pair told Elite Traveler. “We’re humbled, but also looking forward to the continued challenge of getting better every day."

Daniel Humm, Head Chef of Eleven Madison Park

“It is a very pleasant emotion to feel appreciated by guests who visit our restaurant. They are our reason for living and existing and therefore we are so grateful for this recognition because it is these guests and readers of Elite Traveler who have conceded it to us. Furthermore, we know the importance of this acknowledgement as its relevance helps us to continue growing and for more people to know us. We feel honoured, grateful and motivated to continue working hard.”

Eneko Atxa, Head Chef of Azurmendi

“That’s what it’s all about! Because we come in early in the morning and we try to do everything we possibly can to give the guests that come through the door a great experience. It’s a very nice testament that we are on the right track to something.”

Esben Holmboe Bang, Young Chef of the Year, Head Chef of Maaemo

“It's nice to be recognized by your customers, it means you are doing something right. But behind Restaurant Gordon Ramsay there is a team of amazing talent who all work closely together and know exactly what’s needed and help manage all of the various pieces that make a restaurant run.”

Gordon Ramsay, Chef of the Year, Owner of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

“It is an amazing honor to be selected as the best restaurant in the world five years running by Elite Traveler,” Achatz told Elite Traveler. “Alinea strives every day to produce the best possible experience and it is incredibly rewarding to be recognized by the dining public as doing so.”

Grant Achatz, Head Chef of Alinea (Winning Restaurant)

“We work for the diners and to be recognized by them is the best reward we can achieve. After 16 years of Pujol, we are still in service because diners are willing to come and try what we are doing and that’s amazing. It is the same with Cosme; to see people enjoying it is incredibly satisfying. Happiness for me is giving joy to others. If they like what they experience in my restaurants, I’m happy. It is a great time to be cooking in America. The new generation of American cooks is looking beyond fine dining and understand cooking as a form of personal expression, while also making their communities stronger.”

Enrique Olvera, Head Chef of Pujol and Cosme (New Entry)

"To have moved this far up the list in just one year is pretty amazing. This is an open poll and Elite Traveler diners eat in thousands of restaurants all over the globe every year. I'm just honoured to have been this highly considered by everyone and also incredibly proud of the team at Dinner. Ultimately, this is for them!"

Ashley Palmer-Watts, Head Chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Pre-register for Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants in the World Exclusive Dinners

The anticipated launch of Elite Traveler Top 100 in the World exclusive dinners are coming. To help ensure that you are able to attend these events at some of the most exclusive restaurants in the world please use the form below. We will then contact you nearer the time to discuss this exciting series of events.

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Which countries are you interested in
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