Mirazur in Menton, France, has been named the best restaurant in the world. It’s the first time chef Mauro Colagreco and co. have bagged the top spot, having finished 3rd the previous year.
It’s the first time France has won the award in its 18-year history.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, which is published by the British-based William Reed Business Media, said Mirazur provided “the ultimate restaurant experience”.
It was particularly impressed by its “unrivalled views of the French Riviera, three levels of cascading vegetable gardens churning out the sweetest produce and a team of outrageously talented cooks and front-of-house staff”.
“What a great year. Three Michelin stars and №1 all in the same year,” Colagreco said while accepting the award. “It’s a year I shall remember forever. I don’t have words to explain. I own the sky!”
Argentina-born Colagreco moved to France in his 20s, working with celebrated chef Bernard Loiseau until his death in 2003. He later worked in Paris with Alain Passard at Arpège and Alain Ducasse at Hotel Plaza Athénée before settling in Menton, on the Italian-French border, where he opened Mirazur in 2006.
He expressed his opinions on COVID-19’s impact on the restaurant biz back in April, saying: “I fear that a lot of restaurants will remain on the sidelines. It will all depend on how long the crisis lasts but I have the impression that it will be longer than we think and it will be very hard for the gastronomy sector. For everyone, by the way. I think it will be a moment in which to ask the bigger questions.
“At Mirazur for example, we welcome a very international clientele and I think that will no longer be the case in the months to come. Fortunately, we also have a lot of regulars in the area and we are really counting on them for their return.”