?New York's Eleven Madison Park gets crowned World's Best Restaurant of 2017
?New York's Eleven Madison Park gets crowned World's Best Restaurant of 2017

Contemporary New York eatery Eleven Madison Park was crowned the world's best restaurant of 2017 at a glitzy ceremony in Melbourne Wednesday, edging out last year's winner, Italy's Osteria Francescana.

Run by Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, the Manhattan institution came out on top at the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards, widely seen as the Oscars of the food world.

Spain's El Celler De Can Roca was third.

Humm said, "I don't know how I feel right now but I'm overjoyed. I'm so proud to be up here. When I first started cooking 25 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams would have thought I'd find myself in this position. It's an unbelievable time to be a chef."

Organisers said Eleven Madison Park, housed in an art deco building and which came third last year, enhanced the dining experience "with a sense of fun, blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room".

The awards this year were held outside of London or New York for the first time, with Australia fast earning a reputation as a serious food destination and attracting some of the world's top chefs to open restaurants Down Under.

In other awards, Spanish eatery The Disfrutar in Barcelona was picked as the One to Watch while Ana Ros of Hisa Franko in Slovenia was named the world's best female chef.

Top pastry chef was French-born Dominique Ansel -- known as king of the cronuts -- and his bakery in New York, while a nod for sustainability went to France's Septime.

Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima won the Chefs' Choice Award, voted for by his peers.

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