How the voting works

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and awards are organised and compiled by William Reed Business Media. None of the employees of the organiser, or of any of the sponsors associated with the awards, is part of the voting Academy.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants voting and list are subject to independent adjudication by international consultancy Deloitte.

How the list is created:

  • The list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprising over 1,000 international restaurant industry experts
  • The Academy is split into 26 separate regions around the world. Each region has its own voting panel of 40 members including a chairperson to head it up
  • Members cast 10 votes each for their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months
  • Of the 10 votes, at least four must be used to recognise restaurants outside of their region
  • At least 10 panellists from each region change each year
  • Restaurants cannot apply to be on the list

Voting rules:

  • Voting is strictly confidential before the awards' announcement
  • Voters must have eaten in the restaurants they nominate within the previous 18 months (and must supply the date of their last visit)
  • Voters are not permitted to vote for restaurants they own or have a financial interest in
  • Voters must remain anonymous
  • Votes must be cast for permanent restaurants rather than temporary restaurants, pop-ups or street stalls

What constitutes 'best' is left to the judgement of these 1,000 trusted and well-travelled gourmets. There are no criteria that a restaurant has to meet, but there are strict voting rules. Given that this list is based on personal experiences it can never be definitive, but we believe it is an honourable survey of current tastes and a credible indicator of the best places to eat around the globe.

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