The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is celebrating 15 years - here are the 7 restaurants who have made it to No.1!

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is celebrating 15 years and they marked the milestone by hosting a unique day of gastronomic discussion and celebration, presented by Miele, in Barcelona, Spain.

The event brought together world-renowned chefs Ferran Adrià, René Redzepi, Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura and Daniel Humm, each of whom has had a restaurant at No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants over the last decade and a half.

No.1 restaurants in the world so far:

El Bulli, led by Ferran Adrià (2002, 2006-2009)

The French Laundry, led by Thomas Keller (2003, 2004)

The Fat Duck, led by Heston Blumenthal (2005)

Noma, led by René Redzepi (2010-2012, 2014)

El Celler de Can Roca, led by the Roca brothers (2013, 2015)

Osteria Francescana, led by Massimo Bottura (2016)

Eleven Madison Park, led by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara (2017)

A special gastronomic feast was curated by Ferran Adrià, whose restaurant El Bulli was the first ever No.1 in 2002, at the Bravo24 restaurant in the W Barcelona hotel. He said: “I am delighted to have been part of this historic event alongside my fellow chefs.

"To be represented on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is a great honour for chefs and restaurants worldwide as it is a recognition of their artistic talent, skill and innovation. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants creates unique opportunities for leading chefs to come together to celebrate and share our love of food and the dining experience.” 

In 2002, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants was born as a simple feature idea in a small specialist magazine. It morphed into an awards ceremony in 2003 and grew up to become a giant of the gastronomic world.

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Over the last 15 years it has evolved from the original list that was created with the help of around 70 people to a sophisticated process with more than 1,000 voters spread across the world and generating a worldwide media storm around the announcement of the list.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has been on a sensational journey and as it celebrates the ‘superchefs’ who have helped shape the global culinary landscape over the last 15 years, it is clear that the future of food, restaurants and gastronomy is in great hands.

The Staff Canteen VIdeo picks of the world's best Restaurants so far:

El Bulli, led by Ferran Adrià

The French Laundry, led by Thomas Keller

The Fat Duck, led by Heston Blumenthal

Noma, led by René Redzepi

El Celler de Can Roca, led by the Roca brothers

Osteria Francescana, led by Massimo Bottura

Eleven Madison Park, led by Daniel Humm

>>> Read more about The World's 50 Best Restaurants here

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Editor 28th June 2017

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is celebrating 15 years - here are the 7 restaurants who have made it to No.1!