The World's 50 Best Restaurants list provides an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of almost 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. It is a globally recognised gastronomic reference point which showcases leading trends and highlights great restaurants from all corners of the Earth.
What constitutes ‘best’ is left to the judgement of these trusted and well-travelled gourmets. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria. but there are strict voting rules. The results are a simple computation of votes.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ voting process and results are subject to independent adjudication by world-renowned professional services consultancy Deloitte (see Independent Adjudication, below).
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and awards are organised and compiled by William Reed Media. None of the employees of the organiser, or of any of the sponsors associated with the awards, votes or has any influence over the list.
The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprising almost 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. The Academy is split into 27 separate regions around the world. Each region has its own voting panel of 36 members including a chairperson to head it up.
The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and well-travelled gourmets, each of whom has seven votes. Of those seven, at least three must be used to recognise restaurants outside of the academy member’s home region. At least 30% of the panellists from each region change each year.
Some regions span more than one country. The decision as to how the world is divided up is left to the organiser and regional chairs and is debated and reassessed annually. The divisions are designed to represent the global restaurant scene at the current time as fairly as possible.
The results are published online and via social media as soon as they have been announced to the assembled chefs, sponsors and media at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony itself, which this year takes place on the evening of June 13th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
These rules are designed to allow our panellists to vote far and wide. They could vote for a small, unknown restaurant in a secluded region, or select the best-known restaurants in the world or in their region – it is their opinion and the experiences they have had that matters.
There are no criteria that a restaurant has to meet. They do not have to sell a certain product. They do not need to have been open a certain number of years and they do not need to have won any other culinary accolades.
This method means that restaurants cannot apply to be on the list, and cannot be nominated. It also means that every restaurant in the world is eligible, unless the restaurant is (permanently) closed at the time that the lists are announced, or we receive notice that it will be closing in the period shortly after the results are published.
Professional services consultancy Deloitte is the official independent adjudication partner of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Deloitte has been granted full and independent access to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process and data and has performed certain procedures to confirm the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list.
Founded in 1845, Deloitte has grown to become one of the world’s pre-eminent and most trusted professional services consultancies. As part of its wide-ranging portfolio, Deloitte works with companies in all areas of the licensed retail industry and has considerable experience in proving bespoke adjudication services for a number of internationally recognised awards.
It has a dedicated team devoted to the restaurant sector that specialises in a comprehensive range of audit and advisory services, complemented by industry-specific knowledge and the leverage of a network of specialist expertise across the UK, Europe, the US and Asia. In the sector Deloitte works with businesses spanning one-site start-ups through to FTSE-listed groups – and it is proud to be acting as independent adjudicator for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.