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La Tour d'Argent, 15 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France.
  • La Tour d'Argent, 15 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France.
  • NOMA, Strandgade 93, 1401 Copenhagen K, Denmark. Ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant Magazine: 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014.
  • SubliMotion, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Playa d'en Bossa, S/N, 07817 Sant Jordi - World's most expensive restaurant.
  • West Lake Restaurant | Xihulou - the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world: 5,000 seats. Chezhan East Rd, Liuyang, Changsha, Hunan Province, China.
  • Afternoon tea at Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, England, U.K. Price: £63 per person including a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne.
  • Cheval Blanc at Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, Blumenrain 8, 4001 Basel, Switzerland.
  • Restaurant Akelaŕe, Paseo Padre Orcolaga, 56, 20008 Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain.
  • The Loeb Central Park Boathouse, East 72nd Street and Park Drive North, New York, NY 10028, U.S.A.
  • Joël Robuchon Restaurant, Ebisu, Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-1, Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0062, Japan.
  • Restaurant Sirocco located on the 63rd floor of The Dome at Lebua Hotel, 1055 Silom Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.
  • Restaurant Le Louis XV–Alain Ducasse at Hôtel de Paris, Place du Casino, Monte-Carlo, 98000 Monaco.
  • 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, 301 Front St W, Downtown Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6, Canada. World's second highest and largest revolving restaurant: 351 meters (1,151 ft).
  • Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court at The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, Marylebone, London W1B 1JA, England, U.K.
  • Restaurant Leï Mouscardins, 1 Rue du Portalet, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France.
  • Le Pont de Pont & Grand chef Stéphane Decotterd, Route de Blonay 4, CH-1817 Brent, Switzerland.
  • '21' Club, 21 West 52nd Street, New York, New York 10019, U.S.A.
  • The Fat Duck, High St, Bray, West Berkshire SL6 2AQ, U.K.
  • Savoy Grill at The Savoy Hotel, Strand, Westminster, London WC2R 0EU, England.
  • The AT.MOSPHERE restaurant located on the 122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • The kitchen at the now (as of July 30, 2011) closed legendary El Bulli restaurant, Roses, Catalonia, Spain.
  • Afternoon Tea at the Ritz, The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR, England, U.K.
  • Restaurant Fasano at Hotel Fasano, Rua Vittorio Fasano 88, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Elena at hotel Four Seasons, Posadas 1086/88, Buenos Aires (Río de La Plata), Argentina.
  • D.O.M., Rua Barão de Capanema 549, Jardins São Paulo, Brazil.
  • La Bourgogne at Alvear Palace Hotel, Avda. Alvear 1891, Buenos Aires (Río de La Plata), Argentina.
  • Sucre, Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre 676, Buenos Aires (Río de La Plata), Argentina.
  • Astrid & Gastón, Calle Cantaurias 175, Miraflores, Lima, Peru.
  • Hotel Cipriani Restaurant at Copacabana Palace hotel, Avenida Atlântica 1702, Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Osaka at hotel W Santiago, Isidora Goyenechea 3000, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile.

World's Best & Finest Gourmet Restaurants & Chefs

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       GOURMET RESTAURANTS BY REGION  (105 countries) :
Africa Asia - 386 Michelin starred Australia Caribbean
Central America Europe - 1807 Michelin starred restaurants Middle East North America - 128 Michelin starred restaurants
Oceania South America - Top 100

"The belly rules the mind." - Spanish proverb.

"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

"The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a star." - Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

First the basic definition: a RESTAURANT prepares and serves food and drink to customers. Meals are generally served and eaten on premises, but many restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services. Restaurants vary greatly in appearance and offerings, including a wide variety of cuisines and service models.

When it comes to food and drink, it is easy - in one sense - to identify the best. There were seldom any grounds for complaint about the meals served at the late El Bulli; the Château Pétrus is good even in indifferentv years; and Krug Grande Cuvée has no bad ones. This applies even to the humbler foodstuffs: the beans can be cooked badly, the truffle sliced too thickly. The champagne and the claret can be spoiled by serving them at the wrong temperature; and even a Paul Bocuse's legendary meals are less enjoyable if eaten in the wrong surroundings or in disagreeable company.

That, of course, is why divine providence instituted restaurants - to remove these elements of haphazardness from the only pleasure most people experience three times a day.

A CHEF is a person who cooks professionally for other people. Although over time the term has come to describe any person who cooks for a living, traditionally it refers to a highly skilled professional who is proficient in all aspects of food preparation.

CHEF DE CUISINE, EXECUTIVE CHEF and HEAD CHEF: this person is in charge of all things related to the kitchen which usually includes menu creation; management of kitchen staff; ordering and purchasing of inventory; and plating design. Chef de cuisine is the traditional French term from which the English word chef is derived. Head chef is often used to designate someone with the same duties as an executive chef, but there is usually someone in charge of them, possibly making the larger executive decisions such as direction of menu, final authority in staff management decisions, etc. This is often the case for chefs with several restaurants.

CUISINE is a characteristic style of cooking practices and traditions, often associated with a specific culture. Cuisines are often named after the geographic areas or regions that they originate from. A cuisine is primarily influenced by the ingredients that are available locally or through trade. Religious food laws, such as Islamic dietary laws and Jewish dietary laws, can also exercise a strong influence on cuisine. Regional food preparation traditions, customs and ingredients often combine to create dishes unique to a particular region.

GOURMET is a cultural ideal associated with the culinary arts of fine food and drink, or haute cuisine, which is characterised by elaborate preparations and presentations of large meals of small, often quite rich courses. The term and its associated practices are usually used positively to describe people of refined taste and passion. For some, it holds a negative connotation of elitism or snobbery.

A GOURMAND is a person who takes great pleasure in food. The word has different connotations from the similar word gourmet, which emphasises an individual with a highly refined discerning palate, but in practice the two terms are closely linked, as both imply the enjoyment of good food.

  • Wolfgang Puck Catering & Events.
  • CATERING - Wikipedia.
  • Top 30 catering companies in Britain - Looking to Cook.
  • Top 100 Catering Companies on Earth - compiled by Sparkah Event Management.
  • Top Caterers - "Compare the best." With our directory, we have all of the information that you need in a single location to make your research quick and easy. You can easily break down details from thousands of different caterers in just a few moments using our easy search functions, and our simple interface makes finding the right company quick and intuitive. No matter what type of event you're hosting, you'll be able to find a great way to feed your guests with our directory.
    • ANN SATHER - Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
    • ARAMARK - headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 255,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries.
    • ARIA CATERING - Sydney, NSW, Australia.
    • BALIK MICRO CATERING - catering specialist Hanspeter Vochezer, Switzerland.
    • Black Olive CATERING - North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Servicing both corporate and private events.
    • Blue Plate - "Blue Plate opened its first kitchen in 1983 and today ranks among the top catering companies in Chicago. With preferred status at more than 85 venues, Blue Plate has earned national recognition for its standards of service and creativity."
    • BOMPASS & PARR - provides full catering services; and provides food and design consultancy.
    • Bonfire CATERING - Ontario, Canada. "We bring the magic of a wood fired catering experience to you, wherever you may be."
    • By Word of Mouth - London, England. One of the UK’s most admired party design and event catering companies and has been a leader in its industry for over 30 years. "We create menus that are in tune with the seasons and have a focus on exquisite flavour, beautiful presentation and a philosophy for using ethically produced, sustainable ingredients."
    • CANOLI KINGS CATERING - voted best caterer in Los Angeles.
    • CATERING by Uptown - "We offer a diverse selection of wedding venues in the Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia area. We also offer the ability to coordinate services at over 100 of the best reception halls, banquet facilities and wedding venues in the area."
    • CELLAR SOCIETY - a boutique event catering company, specialising in high style gastronomic events in the UK and overseas, primarily working at central London locations.
    • CHEF ADAIR - "Private Chef Services." Specializes in all inclusive elegant private chef soirées and intimate cocktail parties. We use local fresh, sustainable, organic ingredients to create cuisine you won't soon forget!
    • COMPASS - established in New York 40 years ago and brought to the UK in 2001. "Provides the widest portfolio of foodservice solutions in the world."
    • Craig's - "Having a special occasion? Let Craig’s cater your next event. Our famous cuisine and impeccable service allow you and your guests to enjoy a truly unforgettable experience, wherever you are." 8826 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069, U.S.A.
    • DAYLESFORD ORGANIC - "We have been farming organically for over 25 years with a simple passion for real food." U.K.
    • DH CATERING - Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. Catering and event planning services for anything from backyard BBQs to high-end celebrity events.
    • ELEGANT-AFFAIRS - "Impeccable design for life's most important occasions." The Hamptons' famous catering firm.
    • ELIOR UK - "The market-leading catering, hospitality and facilities management group. We are passionate about providing great food, excellent customer service and exceptional value to all our clients."
    • FAUCHON RÉCEPTIONS - "A contemporary vision of the Art of Entertaining." Our innovative approach to French cuisine - offering exceptional tastes, original presentations and new ways to savour fine foods - combines our organisational expertise with a contemporary take on traditional gourmet dining to provide ever more creative, customised services. Paris, France.
    • FEAST & FÊTES CATERING - "Catering by Daniel." Chef Daniel Boulud of New York's legendary restaurant DANIEL and his 80+ chefs offer their services in New York City and beyond.
    • GAMMA CATERING - "We have been organising catering and events since 1986. In harmony with your wishes and requirements, GAMMACATERING will organise your event to provide the optimum in every respect." Switzerland.
    • GAUDEFROY - Provence, France.
    • Good Foods Catering - "Good Eat's Made by Good Foods." San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. A full service catering company focusing on local organic & sustainable products.
    • GUIDI LENCI - "The art of banqueting." Florence, Italy.
    • JOSÉ ANDRÉS CATERING - "Eat Well." Elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue.
    • KAI'S CATERING + Events - "For almost two decades Kai’s Catering + Events has carved out a position as one of the leading boutique catering and comprehensive event planning companies in Los Angeles."
    • LENÔTRE - CELEBRATE - receptions. "Créateur de haute gourmandise." Paris, France.
    • LIMECHILLI - "The travelling chef." I am a Global traveling chef that works seasonally - winter and summer season for long time clients of mine, whether it is Brazil, South France or Bahamas.
    • ORIOL BALAGUER - Barcelona, Spain.
    • Pink Avocado CATERING - "The finest catering company in Austin!" Texas, U.S.A.
    • Plurban Catering - Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, London, Seoul. "Among the top catering companies in the world, we serve unforgettable cuisine for VIPs, Corporate Events, and Special Private Events. Contact us for a menu and quote."
    • QUINTESSENTIALLY EVENTS - "Established in 2005 by Anabel Fielding and Caroline Hurley, Quintessentially Events has offices in London, Cote D’Azur, Geneva, Dubai, New Delhi, Hong Kong and Singapore. We have the capability to create legendary experiences wherever in the world you may be."
    • Renaissance CATERING - Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A. Voted 'Caterer of the Year' by National Association of Catering Executives. "If you’re looking for the best Las Vegas catering company, look no further, Renaissance Catering not only makes amazing food, we will guide you through the process of selecting china, linen, entertainment and design that will ensure a perfect event for you and your guests."
    • Searcys - "Redefining dining." Banquets & meetings. Since 1847, Searcys has been one of the UK’s most prestigious catering companies. With a passion for quality and an ability to execute an event to the very highest standards, we have developed a world-famous reputation for catering and hospitality at our iconic, exclusive venues for hire in London, the City and Bath.
    • Squid & Pear - London, England. "We’re a multi award-winning catering company set up and run by epicurean sisters, Lisa & Claire. We’ve been providing sustainable, nutritious and damned delicious catering since 2011."
    • The London Kitchen - "The London Kitchen team have done everything from dinner for two to banquets for over 1,000. We pride ourselves on our ability to create unique, seasonal catering for your event. Whether you are looking for bespoke menus to fit with a themed evening, witty dishes that play on the best of British ingredients or mouth-watering canapés guaranteed to keep people talking, look no further."
    • Top Hat CATERING - leading London and Wiltshire based catering company which delivers delicious food, designed around your needs. Our catering services are the perfect blend of sensational food, inspiring ideas and professional staff.
    • Top of the World Restaurant - Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.
    • Vegan Peasant CATERING - London, England. "Our classically trained chef will collaborate with you to make your next event a truly memorable experience."
    • WILTONS - "Event Catering & Exclusive Events." Since 1742 WILTONS has been synonymous for furnishing its clients with the most exceptional cuisine and service. With over 250 years of heritage and experience, Wiltons has built up an enviable status largely thanks to its proficient staff and suppliers. Whether you are planning a wedding breakfast, launch party, lunch, dinner or even a cocktail party, we will be delighted to offer our expertise to create the perfect occasion. 55 Jermyn Street, London, U.K.
    • WOLFGANG PUCK Catering - "Creative Catering For Extraordinary Events." Wolfgang Puck consistently redefines event catering. His famous cuisine is presented with flawless service allowing you and your guests to enjoy a restaurant-quality experience. Every menu features seasonal and sustainable ingredients, carefully crafted around your needs and taste for a truly unforgettable experience.
    Food & Restaurant Blogs, Guides & Magazines
  • Food Snob.
  • FOOD CRITIC - Wikipedia.
  • Gourmand World Cookbook Awards - founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. It is free competition and open to publishers in all languages and countries. The Gourmand Awards celebrate global cookbook and wine book publishing and feature many world renowned chefs each year. It is sometimes described as the "Oscars of food awards in Paris".
  • MICHELIN GUIDE - Wikipedia.
  • RESTAURANT GUIDES - Wikipedia.
  • RESTAURANT RATING - Wikipedia.
    • A FULL BELLY - a weblog about eating well.
    • A GIRL HAS TO EAT - a food blog about restaurants, culinary adventures, cookery school & more!
    • ALAN RICHMAN - "The most decorated food writer in history." He has won 14 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for excellence in culinary writing.
    • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences - "Fine Dining & Chefs."
    • AMERICAN FARM TO TABLE - "Reviews and contact information for a select number of the best USA restaurants featuring farm to table ingredients."
    • ANDY HAYLER'S RESTAURANT GUIDE - "In 2012 there were 109 three Michelin star restaurants in the world, and I have eaten at all of them."
    • APPETITE MAGAZINE - "Tickle your taste buds..."
    • AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER MAGAZINE - gourmet recipes, restaurant reviews.
    • BEST EMERGING CHEFS AND CREATORS - & Creators / Thinkers in the Kitchen.
    • BLACKBOOK MAGAZINE - New York restaurants.
    • BON APPÉTIT MAGAZINE - recipes, menus, cooking videos, and food blogs.
    • Bottin Gourmand - "Guide des restaurants et hôtels de France."
    • CHOWHOUND - "Where everything and anything about food, restaurants, drinks, cooking, and eating is discussed."
    • culinary insights - serious reviews of top end restaurants by "someone travels the world to eat at some of the best restaurants in remote places. Who tries to understand the cooking of some of those brilliant chefs by amateurishly trying to replicate their recipes? Who wants to share his dining and cooking experiences with the likes of him?"
    • EAT THE SEASONS - "What's good to eat this week?"
    • EGULLET.ORG - "A service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters." A 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement of the culinary arts.
    • FELIX HIRSCH'S TOUR DE TABLE - in-depth reviews from a very knowledgeable diner and keen cook now living in London.
    • FINE-DINING-GUIDE - "The Home of Fine Dining."
    • FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE - "Inspiration Served Daily." Recipes, menus, chefs, wine, cooking.
    • FOOD SNOB - "Bon vivant vivant bien." Perceptive restaurant reviews. By Rafi.
    • FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE - "Discover Star Rated Restaurants." The Gold Standard of Travel Ratings and Reviews.
    • GASTROENOPHILE - "Fine food and wine, Michelin-starred restaurants." By Bruce Palling, food columnist for the Wall Street Journal Europe.
    • GAULT MILLAU - "L'Expert gourmand." One of the most influential French restaurant guides founded by two restaurant critics, Henri Gault (1929-2000) and Christian Millau in 1965.
    • GAYOT - "The guide to the good life." Restaurant reviews and dining guides.
    • GEN.U.INE.NESS - "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Excellent food blog from a medical student living in London.
    • GOURMAND MAGAZINE - "The International Cookbook Revue."
    • GOURMET MAGAZINE - focuses on good living, travel, entertaining, and culture.
    • GOURMETSLEUTH.COM - "The Gourmet Food and Cooking Resource."
    • Guide du Routard - since 1973. "Tout pour préparer son voyage."
    • Guide GantiÉ - restaurants, gourmet shops in Provence-Côte d'Azur: Nice, Cannes, Toulon, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Antibes and Mougins.
    • Guide Hubert - "Répertorie les restaurants gastronomiques du Sud de la France (à partir de l'Allier) et de l'Ile-de-France au travers de deux-mille trois cents fiches détaillées."
    • KINGS OF THE KITCHEN - "Master of Food & Wine"-video interviews with top chefs on DVD, or DVD-quality broadband downloads.
    • LES GRANDES TABLES DU MONDE - the Traditions & Qualité association was created in 1954 by a group of Parisian restaurateurs with the aim of promoting gastronomy and a specific Art de Vivre. The Association's 167 members in 24 countries and 5 continents represent the last word in gastronomy worldwide.
    • MAD - "A community of chefs, cooks and farmers with an appetite for knowledge." A grassroots celebration of flavour and good eating – is an open and collaborative forum dedicated to presenting and discussing the past, present and future of all things food-related.
    • Michelin Red Guides.
    • MICHELIN RED GUIDES - a series of annual hotel and restaurant guides published by Michelin. First published in 1900 for France, Michelin introduced additional guides thereafter for other European countries. In 2005, it published the first guide for the United States focusing on New York City; followed by its first Asian guide in 2007 for Tokyo. In 2012, the Michelin Guide collection had 27 guide books covering 23 countries on three continents, with over 45,000 worldwide addresses.
    • NEW YORK MAGAZINE - "New York Restaurants and Recipes. NYC Dining and Chefs."
    • OPINIONATED ABOUT DINING - "A guide to where to eat & why you should eat there."
    • RESTAURANT-RANKING.COM - "Gastronomy of distinction." Restaurant guide and rankings, top restaurants and star chefs.
    • ROSSOUW'S RESTAURANTS - "The independent guide to South African restaurants."
    • Saveur - "Savor a World of Authentic Cuisine." Magazine for people who experience the world food first. Created to satisfy the hunger for genuine information about food in all its contexts, the magazine emphasizes heritage and tradition, home cooking and real food, evoking flavors from around the world.
    • STAR DIAMOND WORLD MAGAZINE - covers the best achievements and experiences around the globe in the hospitality industry.
    • The 50 best things to eat in the world, and where to eat them - "From cake, steak and tapas, to oysters, chicken and burgers, Killian Fox roamed the world to find the 50 best things to eat and the best places to eat them in, with a little help from professionals like Raymond Blanc, Michel Roux, Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray." The Guardian | The Observer.
    • THE AGE - Good Food Guides. Online shop.
    • THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE- "UK’s bestselling restaurant guide. Since 1951 we’ve been reviewing and writing about restaurants, pubs and cafés, bringing together the best places to eat out from throughout the country."
    • THE MIELE GUIDE - since 2008. "The first authoritative and independent annual guide to Asia's finest restaurants." Discover Asia's 500 best restaurants chosen with help from Asia's most respected food writers, restaurant critics and F&B professionals, public polling and incognito tasting by The Miele Guide's editorial team.
    • THE PASSIONATE COOK - "Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all."
    • THE RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX GUIDE - since 1961. "Relais & Châteaux is a world in and of itself, unlike any other. A warm, welcoming, gourmet affair awaits where outstanding quality is coupled with each individual property's passion for their own region and its terroir."
    • THE ULTERIOR EPICURE - "I live and travel to eat." Classy food blog from a well travelled gourmet.
    • THE WORLD'S BEST FOOD - "Here's a list of where to find the world's best foods."
    • THE WORLDWIDE GOURMET - gourmet recipes and grands chefs.
    • VERY GOOD FOOD - Danish food blog.
    • WINE SPECTATOR - upmarket wine and food magazine. Hundreds of delicious, wine-friendly recipes. Find a dish by the type of wine you want to pair with it, the type of food you want to serve or a key ingredient you have on hand.
    • WBPSTARS.COM - "We ONLY review the best restaurants!" is about the very best restaurants in the world. This is the publication for everyone considering food more than just for eating, but a lifestyle.
    • ZAGAT - "For those looking for exceptional experiences, Zagat has been the go-to source since our first guide was published over three decades ago."
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