There was a significant change in the No. 1 spot at the coveted World's Best Restaurants awards, which are judged by more than 900 industry experts. Spain's El Celler de Can Roca in Girona - headed by brothers Joan, Jordi and Josep Roca - took the title of the world's best restaurant away from Denmark's Noma.
Perhaps it was the food poisoning shock at Noma in March, when dozens of diners fell ill, or the rigours of retaining
While no New Zealand restaurants made the list, a Kiwi-helmed restaurant in Melbourne, Attica, can lay claim to being Australia's best after experts shuttled the inner-suburban fine-diner to the world's No. 21 spot.
Attica is the highest placed Australian restaurant on the list and was also awarded "highest new entrant" on the coveted ranking of the world's 50 best restaurants.
In other significant shifts, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy jumped two spots to the No. 3 position, nudging out Spain's Mugaritz which fell one spot to No. 4, and Alex Atala's D.O.M. in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which fell two spots to sixth position.
Among the US contenders, New York City's Eleven Madison Park climbed to No. 5, shrugging off criticism this year about its move to a degustation-only style menu by Vanity Fair food critic Corby Kummer. Kummer likened the 15-course dining experience at Eleven Madison Park to being taken hostage and force-fed.
British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal's fortunes were mixed. His London concept diner Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the highest new-entry restaurant in the top 50 list last year, moved up two spots to seventh this year, but his more established Fat Duck restaurant in Bray slipped 20 spots to position No. 33.
For Melbourne's Attica, the good news came early when an invitation to attend the awards ceremony at London's Guild Hall revealed that the restaurant had cracked the top 50 (up from 63rd position last year). But the ranking still seems a surprise to those responsible for the restaurant's success.
Speaking at the ceremony in London, New Zealand-born Shewry was overwhelmed.
''It's hard to sum up,'' he said. ''It's full on. My mum sent me a text. It's a big journey for a small boy from Awakino,'' he added, with tears in his eyes.
''It takes time to build a reputation. But we've always done the same thing. I'm very black and white. I've always done what I wanted to do: work with the best products, things that interest me, being honest, being generous ... And not giving a shit.''
Mark Best, of Marque, congratulated Shewry, hitting Twitter soon after the awards were announced on Tuesday: "Congrats bro! What a result, couldn't have happened to a nicer guy."
The US and France tied as the most successful countries, each with six restaurants in the top 50. Europe remains by far the most awarded continent, with 29 restaurants in the top 50. Asia has seven, the US six, South America six and Australia two.
The domination of Spain's El Bulli (2005-2008) and Noma (2009-2012) illustrate Europe's supremacy. The reigns of chefs Ferran Adria and Rene Redzepi have been emblematic of global dining trends over the past decade, from the witty kitchen-meets-science lab approach of Adria to Redzepi's focus on paying homage to the environment, often sourcing unfamiliar - even unknown - wild ingredients within Scandinavia to create a strong and unique local voice.
Shewry is more in the Redzepi mould. His foraging style has garnered him an increasingly global profile over the past year and a place among the world's ''it'' chefs.
Other awards at the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013
Lifetime Achievement Award - Alain Ducasse
Best Female Chef - Nadia Santini
Chef's Choice - Alinea, Chicago, US
One to Watch - The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
Sustainable Restaurant award - Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
Highest New Entry - Attica, Melbourne (also best restaurant in Australasia)
Highest Climber - Astrid y Gastón, Limu, Peru
The S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna World's 50 Best Restaurants awards was organised and published by Restaurant Magazine and began in 2002. Each year over 900 restaurant industry experts, including food critics, chefs and restaurateurs determine the list of 100 top restaurants. The experts, who represent 26 global regions, each have seven votes and can only vote for restaurants they have visited in the past 18 months and which they have no commercial interest in.
The annual awards recognise 100 restaurants as the world's best, despite the name indicating that only 50 restaurants are recognised.
Joanna Savill attended the World's 50 Best announcement as a guest of S. Pellegrino.
THE 50 BEST
1 El Celler de Can Roca Girona, Spain
2 Noma Copenhagen, Denmark
3 Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy
4 Mugaritz San Sebastián, Spain
5 Eleven Madison Park New York, USA
6 D.O.M. São Paulo, Brazil
7 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal London, UK
8 Arzak San Sebastián, Spain
9 Steirereck Vienna, Austria
10 Vendôme Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
11 Per Se New York, USA
12 Frantzén/Lindeberg Stockholm, Sweden
13 The Ledbury London, UK
14 Astrid y Gastón Lima, Peru
15 Alinea Chicago, USA
16 L'Arpège Paris, France
17 Pujol Mexico City, Mexico
18 Le Chateaubriand Paris, France
19 Le Bernardin New York, USA
20 Narisawa Tokyo, Japan
21 Attica Melbourne, Australia
22 Nihonryori RyuGin Tokyo, Japan
23 L'Astrance Paris, France
24 L'Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon Paris, France
25 Hof Van Cleve Kruishoutem, Belgium
26 Quique Dacosta Dénia, Spain
27 Le Calandre Rubano, Italy
28 Mirazur Menton, France
29 Daniel New York, USA
30 Aqua Wolfsburg, Germany
31 Biko Mexico City, Mexico
32 Nahm Bangkok, Thailand
33 The Fat Duck Bray, UK
34 Fäviken Järpen, Sweden
35 Oud Sluis Sluis, Netherlands
36 Amber Hong Kong, China
37 Vila Joya Albufeira, Portugal
38 Restaurant Andre Singapore
39 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana Hong Kong, China
40 Combal.Zero Rivoli, Italy
41 Piazza Duomo Alba, Italy
42 Schloss Schauenstein Fürstenau, Switzerland
43 Mr & Mrs Bund Shanghai, China
44 Asador Etxebarri Atxondo, Spain
45 Geranium Copenhagen, Denmark
46 Mani São Paulo, Brazil
47 The French Laundry Yountville, USA
48 Quay Sydney, Australia
49 Septime Paris, France
THE 50 NEXT BEST
50 Central Lima, Peru
51 Pierre Gagnaire Paris, France
52 Manresa Los Gatos, USA
53 The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français Franschhoek, S.Africa
54 La Grenouillère La Madelaine sous Montreuil, France
55 Mathias Dahlgren Stockholm, Sweden
56 Restaurant Relae Copenhagen, Denmark
57 De Librije Zwolle, Netherlands
58 Coi San Francisco, USA
59 Viajante London, England
60 Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet Shanghai, China
61 The Test Kitchen Cape Town, South Africa
62 La Vie Osnabrück, Germany
63 Blue Hill At Stone Barns Westchester, USA
64 Martin Berasategui Lasarte-Oria, Spain
65 Iggy's Singapore
66 Gaggan Bangkok, Thailand
67 Chez Dominique Helsinki, Finland
68 Waku Ghin Singapore
69 Bras Laguiole, France
70 Hedone London, UK
71 St John London, UK
72 In De Wulf Dranouter, Belgium
73 Caprice Hong Kong, China
74 Dal Pescatore Canneto sull'Oglio, Italy
75 Lung King Heen Hong Kong, China
76 Malabar Lima, Peru
77 Tickets Barcelona, Spain
78 Hertog Jan Bruges, Belgium
79 Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée Paris, France
80 Roberta Sudbrack Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
81 Les Amis Singapore
82 Ristorante Cracco Milan, Italy
83 Die Schwarzwaldstube Baiersbronn, Germany
84 Pollen Street Social London, UK
85 Tantris Munich, Germany
86 Momofuku Ssäm Bar New York, USA
87 Zuma Dubai, UAE
88 Hotel de Ville Crissier, Switzerland
89 Momofuku Seiobo Sydney, Australia
90 Bo Innovation Hong Kong, China
91 Masa New York, USA
92 La Petite Maison Dubai, UAE
93 Momofuku Ko New York, USA
94 La Maison Troisgros Roanne, France
95 Quintessence Tokyo, Japan
96 Le Louis Xv Monte Carlo, France
97 Spondi Athens, Greece
98 Jean Georges New York, USA
99 Le Meurice Paris, France
100 Varvary Moscow, Russia
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