Last week Valencia hosted The World's 50 Best Restaurants gala with restaurants and chefs from across the globe coming together for one of the biggest gastronomic events in the world. The city of Valencia was the perfect location to host the gala, with a thriving gastronomic scene of its own. From internationally renowned paella and rice dishes, to deliciously fresh citrus fruit , Valencia is home to a wide variety of cuisines comprised of local produce and imbued with incredible technique and creativity.

Valencia was the epicentre of international haute cuisine when the city hosted The World's 50 Best Restaurant awards gala. The event, which took place on 20 June at the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, brought together the best chefs in the world to compete against each other and celebrate international gastronomy. 

As part of this gala, Valencia hosted a wide range of unique and unrepeatable gastronomic events, including the 50 Best Signature Sessions - gastronomic experiences with four hands - or educational meetings between important chefs and cookery students.

The event featured Joan Roca, from El Celler de Can Roca; Jeremy Chan, chef and co-founder of Ikoy in London, as well as award winners Elena Reygadas and Pía León. Reygadas, chef of Rosetta Restaurant in Mexico, was recognised in 2022  by The World's 50 Best Restaurants. In turn, Peruvian Pía León, chef at Central & Kjolle, won the award for the best female chef in Latin America and the award for the best female chef in the world in The World's 50 Best, in 2018 and 2021 respectively.

The list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2023 was announced and includes the most prestigious restaurants in the world, resulting from a vote among 1,080 international experts who are part of The World's Best Restaurants Academy. 

Central, in Lima, won first place, with two Spanish restaurants, Barcelona's Disfrutar and Madrid's Diverxo, winning second and third place respectively. 

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