The 18 winners of the first ever World Restaurant Awards

The 18 winners of the first ever World Restaurant Awards

Top chefs from across the globe – including Alex Atala, Alain Ducasse, Dan Barber, Hélène Darroze, Ana Roš, and Clare Smyth – descended on Paris‘ Palais Brongniart for the glamorous awards ceremony.

Winners across 18 categories were announced over the course of the night, from “Best Off-Map Destination” to “Best Atmosphere.”

The awards were divided into “Big Plates” for the more formal categories, and the more tongue-in-cheek “Small Plates,” recognising more lighthearted categories such as “Tattoo-Free Chef of the Year” and “Instagram Account of the Year.”

The decisions were made by a gender-balanced panel of 100 judges including Yannick Alléno, Elena Arzak, Alex Atala, Massimo Bottura, David Chang, Dominique Crenn, Hélène Darroze, Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Ana Roš, and Clare Smyth, as well as the world‘s top restaurant critics.

The overall winner, Restaurant of the Year, Wolfgat in Paternoster, South Africa, was also the winner of the “Off-Map Destination” category.