The World’s 50 Best 2022: the results

by Henry Coldstream 19 July 2022

The biggest event in the culinary calendar took place on British soil this year, with hundreds of renowned chefs and industry bigwigs defying the sweltering heat to find out who placed where in the list of the World’s 50 Best restaurants.

Henry is the features editor at Great British Chefs.

Henry is the features editor at Great British Chefs. Having previously written pieces for a variety of online food publications, he joined the team in 2021 and helps with all editorial aspects of the site. When not writing, Henry can usually be found eating and drinking his way through London's many restaurants and bars, or cooking in his kitchen at home.

When it was first announced that this year’s World's 50 Best ceremony had been moved from Moscow to London, most people probably assumed it would be a relatively cool affair. However, the UK was plunged into its worst-ever heatwave for the twentieth edition of the annual Oscars-esque event, making its sponsors, San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, seem particularly apt. Nevertheless, the black-tie ceremony remained as glamorous as ever, with legendary chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and some of the world’s biggest food and drink brands flocking from all corners of the globe to hear the little-known Stanley Tucci announce the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world.

Whilst the list doesn’t tend to throw up as many surprises as some other restaurant awards, it’s always tricky to predict who will take the number one spot, given that every restaurant included is serving faultless, innovative food - this year was no different. Ultimately it was Rasmus Kofoed’s exquisite restaurant Geranium that topped the list, replacing fellow Copenhagen institution Noma (who were not eligible, having won last year) as number one. From a British point of view, Jeremy Chan’s incomparable Ikoyi found its way into the top 50 for the first time at number 49, while top 50 stalwart The Clove Club came in at 35; meanwhile, there were nods for Lyle’s, Brat, and Santiago Lastra’s Kol in the 50-100 list.


As always, there were also a number of special awards handed out on the night including the ever-controversial World’s Best Female Chef award, this year won by Leonor Espinosa. One hopes that it’s only a matter of time before this confusingly gendered award is axed altogether. Other individual winners included Marseille’s Am Par Alexandre Mazzia who took home the Ones to Watch award, and Jorge Vallejo, winner of this year’s Chefs’ Choice Award – the only prize voted for by the chefs themselves.

Check out the full list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 below (British restaurants in bold):

1. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

2. Central, Lima, Peru (Best Restaurant in South America)

3. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain

4. Diverxo, Madrid, Spain

5. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico (Best Restaurant in North America)

6. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain

7. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil

8. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera, Italy

9. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico

10. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy

11. Maido, Lima, Peru

12. Uliassi, Senigallia, Italy

13. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria

14. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

15. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy

16. Elkano, Getaria, Spain

17. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany

18. Alchemist, Copenhagen, Denmark

19. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

20. Den, Tokyo, Japan (Best Restaurant in Asia)

21. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

22. Septime, Paris, France

23. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

24. The Chairman, Hong Kong

25. Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden

26. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany

27. Hof van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium

28. The Clarence, Paris, France

29. St. Hubertus, San Cassiano, Italy

30. Florilege, Tokyo, Japan

31. Arpège, Paris, France

32. Mayta, Lima, Peru

33. Atomix, New York City, USA

34. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia

35. The Clove Club, London, UK

36. Odette, Singapore

37. Fyn, Cape Town, South Africa

38. Jordnær, Copenhagen, Denmark

39. Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand

40. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland

41. La Cime, Osaka, Japan

42. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain

43. Boragó, Santiago, Chile

44. Le Bernardin, New York City

45. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan

46. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal

47. Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

48. Leo, Bogotá, Colombia

49. Ikoyi, London, England

50. SingleThread, Healdsburg, California