2015 World's 50 Best List Excludes Chinese Restaurants

By Betty Richardson, June 2, 2015

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Another year, another exciting edition of the World's 50 Best Restaurants list! Which caucasian male chefs will win this year? We just don't know!

Well, sorry if you're a fan of Chinese food. Guess how many Chinese and/or Cantonese restaurants made it into the list?

Precisely zero. 

That's right, despite there being one restaurant on the list from Hong Kong (Amber at #38, by Richard Ekkebus) and one from Shanghai (Ultraviolet at #24, by Paul Pairet), neither of them are cooking even remotely Chinese food. According to this list's panel of 972 'experts,' nothing resembling Chinese food matches up to the other restaurants on this list. 

In fact, the only four restaurants on the list representing the entire pantheon of Asian food were: Bangkok's Gaggan at #10 (run by Gaggan Anand), Nahm at #22 (run by Australian-born chef David Thompson), and Tokyo's Nihonryori RyuGin (at #29 by Seiji Yamamoto) and Narisawa (at #8, by Yoshihiro Narisawa), although even the latter is described as having 'strong french influences.'

On another, equally uplifting note, a grand total of two female chefs made it onto this year's prestigious list (São Paulo's Maní, #41 run by Helena Rizzo, and San Sebastián's Arzak, #17 run by Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak Espina), as well as zero chefs or restaurants from Korea, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

One from Singapore did make the cut, however, André Chiang's Restaurant André (at #46), but guess what? He's also cooking French food. Because everyone knows there is literally no other cuisine in Singapore worth eating, right?

To see the full list, of winners, click here. To see just how the 'impartial' voting system is decided, click here.


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