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World Restaurant Awards 2019

Every year in October the culinary world is on tenterhooks to find out which restaurants will lose, gain or maintain their coveted Michelin Stars. However, this year, another date has been added to the foodie calendar, with the inaugural World Restaurant Awards having taken place on the 18th of February. But while the Michelin Guide has years of tradition and history behind it, this newcomer is being heralded as its new ‘woke’ counterpart, designed to recognise restaurants that would otherwise go un-lauded on the international stage. 

 

The ceremony took place in Paris with Restaurant of the Year being awarded to Wolfgat in South Africa, which also won the award for ‘off-beat destination’, another of the categories. The 20-cover restaurant is located beach-side in the Western Cape and serves food that is ‘seasonal, inspired by the weather, with a naturalist approach and minimum intervention’. To show that these are, in fact, awards with a difference, the restaurant’s relationship with its community was also considered by the judges. 

 

The World Restaurant Awards 2019 website states that the awards were created by IMG in partnership with Joe Warwick and Andrea Petrini to ‘celebrate restaurants as culture, considered in the same way as film, art and music.’ The categories are divided into ‘Big Plates’, which are designed to ‘champion excellence and integrity while trying to better promote the diversity of the world's restaurant community’ and ‘Small Plates’, the more tongue-in-cheek, whimsical section of the awards that includes categories like ‘Tattoo-free Chef’ and ‘Tweezer-free Kitchen’. 

 

England only received a single nod, with London’s Noble Rot wine bar winning the Red Wine-Serving Restaurant category, a Small Plate award that celebrates establishments still championing the red grape. The following is a list of all the winners in both sections. 

 

Big Plate 

 

Restaurant of the Year 

Winner: Wolfgat - Paternoster, South Africa 

 

Arrival of the Year 

Winner: Inua - Tokyo, Japan 

 

Atmosphere of the Year 

Winner: Vespertine - Los Angeles, United States 

 

Collaboration of the Year 

Winner: Paradiso X Gortnanain - Cork, Ireland 

 

Enduring Classic 

Winner: La Mère Brazier - Lyon, France 

 

Ethical Thinking 

Winner: Refettorio (Food For Soul) - Various locations, Italy 

 

Event of the Year 

Winner: Refugee Food Festival - Paris (and worldwide), France 

 

House Special 

Winner: Lido 84 (Cacio e Pepe) - Lombardy, Italy 

 

Forward Drinking 

Winner: Mugaritz - San Sebastián, Spain 

 

No Reservations Required 

Winner: Mocotó - São Paulo, Brazil 

 

Off-Map Destination 

Winner: Wolfgat - Paternoster, South Africa 

 

Original Thinking 

Winner: Le Clerence - Paris, France 

 

Small Plate 

 

Instagram Account of the Year 

Winner: Alain Passard (@alain_passard) - Paris, France 

 

Long-Form Journalism 

Winner: Lisa Abend - The Food Circus, Fool Magazine 

 

Red-Wine Serving Restaurant 

Winner: Noble Rot - London, United Kingdom 

 

Tattoo-Free Chef 

Winner: Alain Ducasse - Paris, France 

 

Trolley of the Year 

Ballymaloe House - CorkIreland 

 

Tweezer-Free Kitchen 

Winner: Bo.Lan - Bangkok, Thailand 

 

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