This year’s list of international culinary superstars has been released, with some exciting changes to the line-up. There’s a new number one, certain countries are making their mark and some new entries are shedding light on relatively unknown cuisines.
The UK’s highest entry was The Ledbury at 14, up six places from last year. Based in Notting Hill, the kitchen is led by Brett Graham, who opened the restaurant when he was just twenty-five and serves modern British dishes using the best of the UK’s produce.
The Clove Club entered the top fifty for the first time, coming in at 26, cementing head chef Isaac McHale’s position as a legendary chef. Now based in Shoreditch, the restaurant started life as a supper club and has grown in popularity thanks to its laidback, casual service. It also received The Highest New Entry Award, making it a London institution to keep an eye on.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal rounded off the UK’s presence on the list at 45, proving the historical approach to British cuisine is still fascinating diners on the world stage. However, it’s a sharp drop from last year, when the Knightsbridge restaurant made the top ten at number seven.
Three more British restaurants placed in the 51–100 list, which was announced before the top fifty, all of which are based in London; Hedone in Chiswick (60), Lyle’s in Shoreditch (65) and St John in Farringdon (91).