The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List Has Been Postponed to 2021

Those looking forward to the prestigious ranking will have to hold tight.

One of the world’s most prestigious culinary awards ceremonies just delayed by a full year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants organization was set to announce its hotly anticipated ranking of the globe’s best fine dining establishments on June 2nd, but the event will now take place on the same date in Antwerp, Belgium next year. “Given the circumstances globally, in 2020 we will put all our efforts into helping the restaurant sector to fight for its future, as well as assisting in the work that chefs and restaurateurs are themselves doing to help others,” said the organization’s director of content, William Drew in a press release.

Compiled every year since 2002 by London-based William Reed Business Media, the list is the result of votes from 1,040 chefs, food journalists and others in the restaurant industry. The status earning a spot on it connotes has quickly risen; only the likes of the Michelin Star system outshine inclusion on this list. The bevy of press coverage bestowed on the institutions which make the bill can mean a surge in customers looking to dine—and the envy of peers.

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