Thu 31 December 2020

World Culinary Awards – the global initiative to recognize and reward culinary industry excellence – has announced the winners of its inaugural programme.

Winners include Dubai – with its tantalising range of gastronomy from across the globe – named ‘World’s Best Culinary Destination’. La Maison 1888 at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam picked up the coveted title of ‘World’s Best Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant’, whilst haute cuisine inspired by the sea and the mountains helped the French Riviera’s Mirazur lift ‘World’s Best Restaurant’. Fine dining in a spectacular setting in the world’s tallest skyscraper led At.Mosphere Burj Khalifa to collect ‘World’s Best Landmark Restaurant’.

Al Muntaha at Burj Al Arab also emerged as one of the big winners, picking up titles for ‘World’s Best Hotel Restaurant’, ‘Middle East’s Best Hotel Restaurant’ and ‘Dubai’s Best Hotel Restaurant’, thanks to its unrivalled French haute cuisine paired with panoramic views over the Arabian Gulf. Portugal’s Vila Joya collected ‘Europe’s Best Hotel Restaurant’ and ‘Portugal’s Best Hotel Restaurant’.

In the newcomer categories, Davies & Brook at Claridges, London won both ‘Europe’s Best New Restaurant’ and ‘World’s Best New Restaurant’. Beijing’s Ling Long was voted ‘Asia’s Best New Restaurant’, Summerhouse at Harmony Hall, Jamaica as ‘Caribbean’s Best New Restaurant’, and Asil at Rixos Premium Dubai as ‘Middle East’s Best New Restaurant’.

Rina van Staden, Director, World Culinary Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of the best in the culinary industry and my congratulations to each of them. They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”

Peru was declared ‘South America’s Best Culinary Destination’, whilst South Africa was named ‘Africa's Best Culinary Destination’. New York’s Le Bernardin was voted ‘North America’s Best Restaurant’, and Thailand’s Mezzaluna @ Lebua at State Tower took ‘Asia's Best Hotel Restaurant’.

La Cantine walked away with both ‘Dubai’s Best Restaurant’ and ‘Middle East’s Best Restaurant’, whilst ‘World’s Best Culinary Training Institution’ went to Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland.

Other winners included Attica, Australia (‘Oceania’s Best Restaurant’), DEN, Japan (‘Asia’s Best Restaurant’) and Central Restaurante, Peru (‘Latin America’s Best Restaurant’).

For a full list of winners visit here.

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About World Culinary Awards

World Culinary Awards was developed in reaction to overwhelming demand from the culinary industry for a programme that was fair and transparent; a programme with a mission to serve as the definitive benchmark of excellence, and to help to foster a new era of growth on a global scale.

World Culinary Awards is the sister event to World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 27th anniversary.

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