Melbourne is set to host the 2017 edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
The announcement was made by William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, alongside Tourism Australia chief marketing officer, Lisa Ronson, at this year’s event in New York.
“After hosting 14 successful editions of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in London, we feel the time is right to make the event truly global,” said Drew. “2017 in Australia will be the second time we have held the awards outside of London, following New York this year. There’s so much international interest in Australia as a food destination, it’s exciting for us to have the opportunity to take the events program to this unique country.”
The annual awards are based on the votes of The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a group of almost 1000 international leaders in the restaurant community. Recent years have seen Australia strongly represented on the list with restaurants Attica, Quay, Sepia and Brae receiving recognition. In the list’s 14-year history, other notable Australian restaurants to have featured include Rockpool, Tetsuya’s, Marque and Momofuku Seiobo.
To celebrate Australia hosting the 2017 edition, Tourism Australia flew four of the country’s top chefs to New York to provide a taste of what the world’s finest chefs and food and wine media can expect next year.
Ben Shewry (Attica), Dan Hunter (Brae), Neil Perry (Rockpool) and Peter Gilmore (Quay) created an Australian BBQ brunch on the rooftop of the NoMad Hotel in New York.
Tourism Australia managing director, John O’Sullivan, said the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards and event program provide a natural extension to its Restaurant Australia campaign. A comprehensive schedule of food and wine-themed events and activities, designed to add value to Melbourne’s host duties, will be paired with the event.
All the attention means there’s never been a better time to be an Australian restaurateur.
To make the most of Tourism Australia’s Food and Wine campaign, visit its website