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Restaurant in France named best in the world

PUBLISHED: 11:33 26 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:07 26 June 2019

The dining room at Mirazur (c) Nicolas Lobbestael

The dining room at Mirazur (c) Nicolas Lobbestael

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Stars of the culinary world gathered for the unveiling of this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants

Outstanding achievements by restaurants around the world were celebrated at an awards ceremony announcing The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019.

Mirazur, in Menton, Alpes-Maritime, was named the World's Best Restaurant, climbing to the top spot from number three last year.

It also won Best Restaurant in Europe with the double honours testament to chef Mauro Colagreco's love of local produce, most of which is grown in the restaurant's three-tiered garden just metres from the dining room, which enjoys a stunning French Riviera backdrop.

Salt crusted beetroot from the Mirazur garden with caviar cream (c) Lopez de ZubiriaSalt crusted beetroot from the Mirazur garden with caviar cream (c) Lopez de Zubiria

Mirazur's cuisine is inspired by three themes: Sea - fish and shellfish from local fishermen; Garden - vegetables from its garden and the market and Mountain - meat, poultry and dairy products from outlying farmers.

Italian-Argentine chef Mauro trained at the Lycée Hôtelier de La Rochelle and went on to train with French chefs Bernard Loiseau, Alain Passard, Alain Ducasse and Guy Martin. He opened Mirazur in 2006 and it won its first Michelin star a year later. It was awarded two stars in 2012 and three in 2019.

William Drew, Director of Content for The World's 50 Best Restaurants, said: "This year we are thrilled to see Mirazur claim the number one spot after rising through the ranks since making its debut on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list at number 35 in 2009: it's been brilliant to witness its progress."

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris was ranked number 16 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019 (c) Pierre MonettaAlain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris was ranked number 16 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019 (c) Pierre Monetta

Other French restaurants on the list include Arpège in Paris at number eight; Septime in Paris at number 15; Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris at number 16 and Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen at number 25.

Alain Passard of Arpège was also voted by his peers as the winner of the Chefs' Choice Award. The prestigious accolade is voted by the world's leading chefs and awarded to a peer who has made a significant impact to the culinary world in the past year.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019 includes establishments from 26 countries with Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark at number two and Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, Spain at number three. British restaurants to make the list include London's The Clove Club at number 27 and Lyle's at number 33.

For the full list, visit www.theworlds50best.com

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