By now you know that New York City's Eleven Madison Park was dubbed 'best restaurant in the world' at 2017's World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in Melbourne. But there was so much more action than just what happened on stage. Journy co-founder Leiti Hsu was on the ground to catch it all. So what were some of the week's highlights?
Ben Shewry chatted with Leiti about coaching his children's basketball team, eating Pizza Hut as a kid in New Zealand and cooking lasagna for his family.
"It's very sad when you go to a restaurant and you're sitting there and it's the same as any other…[but] I'm sure when [all of us chefs at World's 50 Best in Melbourne] go back home we'll be using finger limes. What one will with clams, the other will do with foie gras and the other will do with poultry." — Elena Arzak
Brunch-authority Jeremy Jacobowitz of The Brunch Boys confirms: "Before I came to Melbourne everyone said: 'Go to Chin Chin.' Sometimes when something is hyped up so much it can't meet expectations [but] I thought their crab omelette was beyond."
Lune Croissanterie merits the hype (though the debate is still out on which is more delicious: the plain or savory croissants).
Attendees confirmed that the "see-food diet" is indeed the best.
If Australians eat rainbow food (see pancakes above), they must be taking inspiration from nature.
Want more? Check out all the highlights from last year's awards in New York—including Eleven Madison Park chef Daniel Humm's favorite NYC bite!