Fri 10 December 2021

The winners of the World Culinary Awards 2021 have been announced, with La Colombe scooping the title of Africa's Best Restaurant. A sister event to World Travel Awards, the global World Culinary Awards aims to recognise and reward excellence in the culinary industry.

Global winners include Dubai – with its tantalising range of gastronomy from across the globe – named World’s Best Culinary Destination. Pierre's Bistro at InterContinental Dubai Festival City picked up the coveted title of World’s Best Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant, whilst the innovative seasonal cuisine of Noma helped the Danish restaurant to lift World’s Best Restaurant. Fine dining in a spectacular setting in the world’s tallest skyscraper helped At.Mosphere Burj Khalifa to collect World’s Best Landmark Restaurant.

Portugal’s Vila Joya Restaurant was crowned 'World’s Best Hotel Restaurant'. In the newcomer category, the Andalusian flair of BiBo Doha was acknowledged with the title for 'World’s Best New Restaurant'. Jamaica Food & Drink Festival took the title for World’s Best Culinary Festival.

The results follow a year-long search for the world’s leading culinary brands. Votes were cast by culinary industry professionals and the general public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.

Aside from the global accolades, the World Culinary Awards also recognises culinary achievements across nine regions, including Africa.

View the full list of African and global awards winners below.

Africa winners

Africa's Best Restaurant 2021:

La Colombe (South Africa)

Africa's Best Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2021:

Qunu at Saxon Hotel, Villa & Spa (South Africa)

Africa's Best Hotel Restaurant 2021:

Qunu at Saxon Hotel, Villa & Spa (South Africa)

Africa's Best Landmark Restaurant 2021:

Wolfgat, (South Africa)

Africa's Best New Restaurant 2021:

Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic (South Africa)

Africa's Best Rooftop Restaurant 2021:

Utopia - Dining Elevated, (South Africa)

Africa's Best Culinary Destination 2021:

South Africa

Africa's Best Culinary Festival 2021:

EatDrinkFestival (Nigeria)

Africa's Best Culinary Training Institution 2021:

Institute of Culinary Arts (South Africa)

Global winners

World's Best Restaurant 2021:

Noma (Denmark)

World's Best Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2021:

Pierre's Bistro at InterContinental Dubai Festival City (Dubai)

World's Best Hotel Restaurant 2021:

Vila Joya Restaurant (Portugal)

World's Best Landmark Restaurant 2021:

At.Mosphere Burj Khalifa (UAE)

World's Best New Restaurant 2021:

BiBo Doha (Qatar)

World's Best Restaurant Brand 2021:


World's Best Rooftop Restaurant 2021:

C'est La Vi at The Address Sky View (Dubai)

World's Best Culinary Destination 2021:


World's Best Culinary Festival 2021:

Jamaica Food & Drink Festival (Jamaica)

World's Best Culinary Training Institution 2021:

Le Cordon Bleu Paris (France)

Rina van Staden, director, World Culinary Awards, said: “Our World Culinary Awards 2021 winners represent those brands pushing the boundaries of culinary excellence. My congratulations to each of them.”

Click here for the full list of winners.


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