World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2017 in Melbourne

After a hugely successful 2016 edition in New York City, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants announces that its 2017 awards will take place in Melbourne in April. The flagship event, celebrating its 15th anniversary, will be hosted at the city’s historic Royal Exhibition Building on the evening of 5th April.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has partnered with Tourism Australia to bring the series to its new home for 2017, where world-leading chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, media and influencers will gather to celebrate the very best in global gastronomy. The overall event program, running from 1 to 7 April, will showcase Australia’s outstanding food and wine culture to an international audience of industry professionals and food lovers.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is the ultimate annual gastronomic gathering, with chefs and restaurateurs from across the planet coming together to celebrate and collaborate. Wine Australia will provide wines of the highest calibre throughout the program, which includes the traditional Chefs’ Feast – a unique private gathering of the finest culinary talent in the world taking place on 4 April – as well as further satellite events.

One of Australia’s most internationally acclaimed gourmet celebrations, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, has already agreed to align its dates with The World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2017. It will now run its program of events, in its 25th year, from 31 March to 9 April. This will include a MasterClass series celebrating The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, featuring top chefs from around the globe, on 1 and 2 April. Etihad Airways and QT Hotel Melbourne have also been confirmed as key partners, helping transport and accommodate the world’s best chefs and food media for the program.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community. The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, but there are strict voting rules.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is independently adjudicated by professional services consultancy Deloitte. This adjudication ensures that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 are protected.