World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards Comes to Melbourne This April

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In case you haven’t heard the exciting news, Melbourne is set to host The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in the first week of April 2017. A celebration of global gastronomy, the awards bring with them the world’s most influential culinary leaders and a full program of events.

The flagship event will take place at Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building on April 5th, while a series of smaller events between the 1st and 7th of April, which will showcase Australia’s food and wine culture to a global audience of industry professionals and food lovers. It’s just the second year that the awards have been held outside of London.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be moving to Melbourne,” William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants said. “In partnership with Tourism Australia, we will also take the opportunity to highlight the country’s unique produce, brilliant wines and dynamic dining scene”.

About the awards

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is the ultimate annual gourmet gathering, with chefs and restaurateurs from across the globe coming together to collaborate and celebrate food. The event offers a wonderful opportunity for the world’s most influential people in food and wine to experience the innovation, quality and diversity the Australian food industry offers. The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival has also agreed to line up its dates with The World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2017. With both these celebrations about to get underway, there’s no doubt that Melbourne will be the place to visit for the best in culinary experiences this April.

What to attend

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Chef Grant Achatz, who’s been called the “alchemist at the razor edge of art and food”

No celebration of food would be complete without a series of masterclasses, inspiring talks, pop-up food and wine events, and invitations to dine with the industry’s food elite. Luckily, all that and more will be on offer in Melbourne this April.

Ever wondered how the best chefs on the planet create their signature dish? The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will be running eight masterclasses on April 1st and 2nd. You can learn cooking techniques from top chefs like Heston Blumenthal’s “creative foil” Ashley Palmer-Watts; New York’s boundary-pushing chef Wylie Dufresne; and the “alchemist at the razor edge of art and food”, Grant Achatz, as they offer up eight mind-blowing experiences.

The main awards will be held on April 5th, welcoming the elite of the culinary world – chefs, media, VIPs, and some very fortunate food lovers to share in the fun as the world’s top 50 restaurants are announced.

For all the events happening in and around Melbourne, keep an eye on social media and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants website.

Where to dine in Melbourne

The World’s Best 50 Restaurants has left its roots and travelled to Melbourne this year with good reason – Melbourne is home to a plethora of exciting, innovative restaurants.

Known as one of the world’s greatest cities when it comes to food, the list of internationally-renowned restaurants just keeps getting bigger. For those visiting the city for the first time they’ll be spoilt for choice with the following hatted restaurants.

Flower Drum

17 Market Lane, Melbourne 3000

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In China, “Flower Drum” is known as a traditional dance famous for its allure and elegance. In Melbourne, it’s a Chinese restaurant that displays the same elements of delicacy. Executive Chef, Anthony Lui, is a firm believer in quality, and quality is exactly what you get at Flower Drum. Ingredients are purchased daily at the markets and cooking is based on the authentic Asian philosophy that the best produce speaks for itself. Through skilful execution, Flower Drum stimulates and delights the palate with enchanting flavours such as aromatic baked crab shell, braised lamb claypot and Peking duck. Winner of Good Food Guide Restaurant of the year in 1999 to 2002, and again in 2004, this is a Melbourne institution that proves excellent Chinese food never goes out of style.

Grossi Florentino

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

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With 2 chef hats, Grossi Florentino Upstairs follows the tradition of Italian food and culture and draws from its heritage to deliver a refined product in unique, innovative ways. The service is impeccable and the wine list spectacular and dynamic. The menu, designed by chefs Guy Grossi and Chris Rodriguez, focuses on locally sourced, seasonal produce. Product knowledge is of extreme importance and this is reflected throughout the entire experience at Grossi Florentino. Food and wine is intertwined with regional representation, making Grossi Florentino a favourite Melbourne haunt.


175 Domain Rd, South Yarra 3141

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The foundation of hatted restaurant Bacash is simple – they serve high-quality, sustainable, market-fresh seafood perfectly cooked without fuss. Easy to do when you’re Chef Michael Bacash, who has had more than 30 years experience bringing the best out of fish, crustaceans and cephalopods. Bacash is, without a doubt, one of Melbourne’s best seafood experiences; a place where the best of the sea meets the lush green of Melbourne’s botanical gardens.

A gastronomic event not to be missed

For those lucky enough to call Melbourne home, the arrival of these prestigious awards just cements how internationally acclaimed the Melbourne food scene is becoming. For the city’s food lovers, the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards and Melbourne Food & Wine Festival are two events this April not to be missed!

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Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.