An annual list of the top 100 restaurants worldwide has been released, and three Australian restaurants were named.
This is the first year the list has announced the bottom half of the list before the full list, top 50 included, is revealed on Monday, 1 June in London. Sydney restaurants Sepia and Quay ranked 84th and 58th on the list, respectively, while Brae in Birregurra, Victoria was listed at 87th.
Chef Dan Hunter of Brae said it is difficult for Australian restaurants to make the list due to the country’s isolation. Brae, over 100 km southwest of Melbourne in a rural Victorian farmhouse, is particularly hard to reach.
Vicki Wild, co-owner of Sepia, says the restaurant’s ranking on the annual list was an amazing achievement.
“We are just so very proud of what we have achieved and recognition like this just makes us want to continue to evolve and push forward,” she said.
The list is sponsored by The Diners Club, and is created by 972 expert chefs, restaurateurs and food journalists who rank according to food quality, service, atmosphere and price levels of restaurants they have dined at within the last 18 months.
To select a fair representation of judges from the global restaurant scene, a chairperson is appointed for 27 different geographical regions. These chairs each select a voting panel of 36, including themselves, to ensure a balanced selection of chefs, restaurateurs, food/restaurant journalists and gourmands.
The only Australian restaurant to make the top 50 of the 2014 list was Attica in Melbourne, which placed 32nd on the list and is expected to appear again on the list this year.