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The battle of the restaurant awards is fully on. The day after the World's 50 Best announced a major shake-up, the new kid on the block The World Restaurant Awards countered with the release of its shortlist for its inaugural awards.

The UK has a decent enough showing - we merit ten nominations, including Core's Clare Smyth for tattoo-free chef of the year, Otto's on Gray's Inn Road for Trolley of the Year and Black Axe Mangal for Tweezer-free Kitchen.

Here's the full shortlist:

ARRIVAL OF THE YEAR

  • 1. DaGorini - Italy
  • 2. Inua / Japan
  • 3. Virtus / France
  • 4. Angler / USA
  • 5. Kjolle / Peru

ATMOSPHERE

  • 1. Punk Royale / Denmark
  • 2. Vespertine / USA
  • 3. Chambre Séparée / Belgium
  • 4. Astoria Seafood / USA
  • 5. Machneyuda / Israel

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

  • 1. Vespertine X This Will Destroy You
  • 2. Mirazur X Huilerie Saint Michel
  • 3. Cafe Paradiso X Gort na Nairn Farm
  • 4. Single Thread Farm X Bloodroot Blades
  • 5. Frantzen X Jacob Marsing-Rossini

ENDURING CLASSICS

  • 1. Peter Luger’s / USA
  • 2. Paul Bocuse / France
  • 3. La Mère Brazier / France
  • 4. Hyotei / Japan
  • 5. Elkano / Spain

ETHICAL THINKING

  • 1. Blue Hill at Stone Barns / USA
  • 2. Food for Soul / Refettorios / Worldwide
  • 3. Noma / Denmark
  • 4. Saint Peter / Australia
  • 5. Silo / UK

EVENT OF THE YEAR

  • 1. Refugee Food Festival
  • 2. Parabere Forum / Sweden
  • 3. Al Meni / Italy
  • 4. Game at Lyle’s / UK
  • 5. The Presidential Train / Portugal

FORWARD DRINKING

  • 1. Cub / UK
  • 2. Mugaritz / Spain
  • 3. Dersou / France
  • 4. Amass / Denmark
  • 5. Godenya / Hong Kong

HOUSE SPECIAL

  • 1. Gazela / ‘Hot dog’ / Portugal
  • 2. Yat Lok / Roast Goose / Hong Kong
  • 3. Obana / Unajyu / Japan
  • 4. Trishna / Soft Shell Crab / India
  • 5. Lido 84 / Cacio e Pepe (cooked in pig's bladder) / Italy

NO-RESERVATION REQUIRED

  • 1. Clamato / France
  • 2. Kiln / UK
  • 3. Mocoto / Brazil
  • 4. Deli fu cious / Japan
  • 5. Retrobottega / Italy

OFF-MAP DESTINATIONS

  • 1. Mil / Peru
  • 2. Boothaus / Austria
  • 3. Wolfgat / South Africa
  • 4. Tokuyamazushi /Japan
  • 5. Riley’s Fish Shack / UK

ORIGINAL THINKING

  • 1. Enigma / Spain
  • 2. Ikoyi / UK
  • 3. Mugaritz / Spain
  • 4. Noma / Denmark
  • 5. Le Clarence / France

TATTOO-FREE CHEF OF THE YEAR

  • 1. Clare Smyth
  • 2. Alain Ducasse
  • 3. David Thompson

TWEEZER-FREE KITCHEN

  • 1. Bo.Lan / Thailand
  • 2. Racines / France
  • 3. Black Axe Mangal / UK

TROLLEY OF THE YEAR

  • 1. Ballymaloe House / Ireland
  • 2. Otto’s / UK
  • 3. The Grill / USA

RED-WINE SERVING RESTAURANT

  • 1. Noble Rot / UK
  • 2. Roscioli / Italy
  • 3. Le Baratin / France

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

  • 1. @little_meg_siu_meg
  • 2. @mattymatheson
  • 3. @alain_passard

LONG-FORM JOURNALIST

  • 1. Lisa Abend ‘The Food Circus’ in Fool Magazine
  • 2. Helen Rosner for ‘What Jonathan Gold meant for food writing’ in the New Yorker
  • 3. Jonathan Gold for his obituary of Anthony Bourdain in the LA Times

The awards will be announced in a ceremony in Paris on 18 February 2019, hosted by Antoine de Caunes. If you want to know more about the new awards themselves - we got Creative Director Joe Warwick to tell us all about them.  

 

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