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Menton's Mirazur named #1 in the world

GOURMET 

Mauro Colagreco_c_Fabien PraussChef Mauro Colagreco is having just about the best year a chef could ever hope for. After attaining his third Michelin star this year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list named Mirazur number one.

In our March/April issue, we featured Chef Colagreco saying that he was “on fire” this year, but at the time, Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana still held the title of best restaurant in the world. Mirazur wasn’t far behind with its number 3 spot, but at a ceremony in Singapore on 25 June, the coveted list passed that title to Mirazur.

In his acceptance speech, Colagreco said: “It’s a year I shall remember forever.” Cleary elated at the news, he reflected: “What a great year. Three Michelin stars and number one all in the same year. I don’t have words to explain. I own the sky!”

The World’s 50 Best committee made some changes to the rules this year – most importantly they disallowed repeat #1s. Perhaps a blow to Chef Bottura, but after two consecutive years, he should feel fine passing the baton.

The World’s 50 Best website describes Mirazur’s cuisine as ‘Progressive European plates inspired by the French Riviera and their Argentine creator’s roots.’ The most note-worthy dish on the menu? Salt-crusted red beetroot from the garden with caviar cream. But most articles will mention Colagreco’s signature dish of oysters with tapioca and shallot cream.

Chef Colagreco is an Argentine with Italian heritage, but France has brought him most of his accolades. With this title, he gives something back, with Mirazur being the very first French restaurant to make the top spot since the list began almost 20 years ago. Chapeau!

- Nicole Ruskell