World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022: Plant-Based Geranium Flourish

World 50 Best Restaurants 2022 | W50BR2022 | Food For Thought

The World’s Best Restaurants 2022 recently held at historical Old Billingsgate in London celebrates its 20th year anniversary with the coming together of the crème de la crème of the culinary world from across the globe, with Geranium in Copenhagen placing first. Here was what we thought.

Awards Ceremony - The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2022

“We are delighted to announce the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 and to celebrate Geranium as the new No.1. Rasmus Kofoed, Søren Ledet and their team have created an unforgettable dining experience, taking seasonal cooking to superlative heights and delivering precise, beautiful and elegant food that combines art and flavour alongside a ground-breaking drinks programme. Geranium has cemented its status as a global culinary destination and a much-deserved winner of the coveted title, The World’s Best Restaurant 2022, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. It is also very exciting to recognise this diverse list of restaurants spread across five continents and to see this vibrant culinary community coming together to celebrate in London. — William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Red Carpet - The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2022

Plant-Based Geranium Rises To The Top

Plant- based Geranium lead by Rasmus Kofoed and Søren Ledet takes the top spot showing that not only that Nordic cuisine is still greatly in demand, but that a plant-based restaurant can take the top spot. The iconic restaurant has been one of the most sought-after destination restaurants and this comes as no surprise.

Red Carpet - The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2022

Hispanic-Latino Domination

The top 10 on the list this year has been dominated by Spanish and Latin American restaurants, with 3 Spanish restaurants and 4 Latino restaurants, taking 7 out of the 10 spots. What this list is really saying is that we should turn our attention to that side of the globe with its increasingly known cuisine and approach.

Red Carpet - The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2022

21 Asian Restaurants in the top 100

Den in Tokyo comes in at No.20 making it the highest restaurant from Asia on the list, with a total 7 in the top 50. Other restaurants in Asia that made the top 50 include The Chairman in Hong Kong (No. 24), Florilège in Tokyo (No. 30), Odette in Singapore (No. 36), Sorn in Bangkok (no. 39), La Cime in Osaka (No. 41) and Narisawa in Tokyo (No. 45). With only 21 restaurants from Asia represented on the list, we really hope to see more placements in the future.

Awards Ceremony - The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2022

Sorn Debuts As First Thai Cuisine Restaurant

Sorn in Bangkok is led by Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri, which serves contemporary Southern Thai fine dining, making it the first Thai cuisine restaurant to place in the list. With ingredients and produced used from the south of Thailand, the No. 2 restaurant on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2022 deserves all the accolades its been given.

“I only realised on event itself when I was told “you do realise you’re the first Thai restaurant that made it to the World’s list” and I was so excited. How I feel now is that Thai food usually uses Thai ingredients, but actually at Sorn, we only use southern Thai ingredients. We are so happy that it paid off, so its proof that Thai food, cooking and ingredients are worth world recognition.” — Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri, Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand

For our feature interview with chef Supaksorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri, see World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022: Chef Ice Speaks About Sorn Debuts As The First Thai Cuisine Restaurant On The World’s List.

Awards Ceremony - The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2022

Final Thoughts: Finding A Seat At The Table

With the top 10 being mainly Hispanic and Latino centric cuisines, we predict the next years winner should be Central from Lima or Disfrutar from Barcelona, but as with these things, you can never really tell, especially with travel becoming more frequent. We also predict there will be a rise of Middle East and African restaurants, with the 50 Best Middle East and North Africa highlighting more and more restaurants from that region.

For the complete list and awards, see below.

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022

  1. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. Central, Lima, Peru
  3. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
  4. Diverxo, Madrid, Spain
  5. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  6. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
  7. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil
  8. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera, Italy
  9. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  10. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  11. Maido, Lima, Peru
  12. Uliassi, Senigallia, Italy
  13. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  14. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  15. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy
  16. Elkano, Getaria, Spain
  17. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany
  18. Alchemist, Copenhagen, Denmark
  19. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  20. Den, Tokyo, Japan
  21. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  22. Septime, Paris, France
  23. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
  24. The Chairman, Hong Kong, China
  25. Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
  26. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
  27. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
  28. Le Clarence, Paris, France
  29. Hubertus, San Cassiano, Italy
  30. Florilège, Tokyo, Japan
  31. Arpège, Paris, France
  32. Mayta, Lima, Peru
  33. Atomix, New York, USA
  34. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
  35. The Clove Club, London, UK
  36. Odette, Singapore
  37. Fyn, Cape Town, South Africa
  38. Jordnær, Copenhagen, Denmark
  39. Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand
  40. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Germany
  41. La Cime, Osaka, Japan
  42. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
  43. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  44. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
  45. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  46. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
  47. Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  48. Leo, Bogotá, Colombia
  49. Ikoyi, London, UK
  50. SingleThread, Healdsburg, USA
  51. Alcalde, Guadalajara, Mexico
  52. Sud 777, Mexico City, Mexico
  53. O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  54. Lyle’s, London, UK
  55. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  56. La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa
  57. Trèsind Studio, Dubai, UAE
  58. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
  59. Sazenka, Tokyo, Japan
  60. Rosetta, Mexico City, Mexico
  61. La Grenouillère, La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil, France
  62. Ernst, Berlin, Germany
  63. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, New York, USA
  64. Fu He Hui, Shanghai, China
  65. Le Du, Bangkok, Thailand
  66. Sühring, Bangkok, Thailand
  67. Evvai, São Paulo,Brazil
  68. Kjolle, Lima, Peru
  69. Cosme, New York, USA
  70. Zén, Singapore
  71. Mingles, Seoul, Korea
  72. Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, USA
  73. Kol, London, UK
  74. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, USA
  75. Samrub Samrub Thai, Bangkok, Thailand
  76. Neighborhood, Hong Kong, China
  77. Table by Bruno Verjus, Paris, France
  78. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  79. Estela, New York, USA
  80. AM par Alexandre Mazzia, Marseille, France
  81. Brat, London, UK
  82. Sézanne, Tokyo, Japan
  83. El Chato, Bogotá, Colombia
  84. Gimlet at Cavendish House, Melbourne, Australia
  85. Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok, Thailand
  86. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
  87. Orfali Bros Bistro, Dubai, UAE
  88. Mishiguene, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  89. Máximo Bistrot, Mexico City, Mexico
  90. Wolfgat, Paternoster, South Africa
  91. Oriole, Chicago, USA
  92. Indian Accent, New Delhi, India
  93. Hertog Jan at Botanic Sanctuary, Antwerp, Belgium
  94. Burnt Ends, Singapore
  95. Meta, Singapore
  96. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  97. Benu, San Francisco, USA
  98. Tantris, Munich, Germany
  99. Flocons de Sel, Megève, France
  100. Wing, Hong Kong, China

Best Restaurant in the World: Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Best Restaurant in Europe: Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Best Restaurant in North America: Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
Best Restaurant in South America: Central, Lima, Peru
Best Restaurant in Asia: Den, Tokyo, Japan
Best Restaurant in Africa: Fyn, Cape Town, South Africa

World’s Best Pastry Chef Award: René Frank of Coda
Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award: Atomix, New York, USA
Beronia World’s Best Sommelier Awards: Josep Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
Aspire Lifestyles Highest New Entry Award: Uliassi, Senigallia, Italy
Villa Massa Highest Climber Award: Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany
Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award: Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award: Aponiente, Cádiz, Spain
American Express One To Watch Award: AM par Alexandre Mazzia, Marseille, France
Icon Award: Wawira Njiru of Food For Education
Nude Glass World’s Best Female Chef Award: Leonor Espinosa of Leo Cocina y Cava, Bogotá, Colombia
Champions Of Change Award: Dieuveil Malonga, Koh Seng Choon and duo Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina

Best Of The Best

  • El Bulli (2002, 2006-2009)
  • The French Laundry (2003-2004)
  • The Fat Duck (2005)
  • Noma – original location (2010-2012, 2014)
  • El Celler de Can Roca (2013, 2015)
  • Osteria Francescana (2016, 2018)
  • Eleven Madison Park (2017)
  • Mirazur (2019)
  • Noma – current location (2021)

For our thoughts on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, see Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
For our thoughts on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, see The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
For all 50 Best related content, see 50 Best.

Nicholas Ng

Nicholas Ng is a restaurant critic and drinks writer and is the editor of independent publication Food For Thought. He has been a freelance journalist for the 15 years and has previously worked as a lawyer and in digital marketing. He currently is the Principal Consultant of A Thought Full Consultancy, a food and beverage marketing consultancy.

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