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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards Heads To Las Vegas For The First Time in its Illustrious History!

09 October 2023

The 2024 edition of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna will be unveiled on 5 June in Las Vegas!

Harnessing the glitz, glamour and buzzing culinary credentials of Las Vegas, 2024 marks the first time the world-renowned celebration will be held in the neon-lit city, hosting the most important annual gatherings of chefs, restaurateurs, media and culinary icons in the gastronomic calendar.

An extensive event programme – backed by 50 Best’s host partner, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) – will culminate in the much-anticipated awards ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas on 5 June, when The World’s Best Restaurants 2024 ranking will be revealed. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore and experience the thriving city, a much sought-after destination for thrilling music and theatrical performances, legendary nightlife, dynamic sports and world-class dining.

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “We are thrilled to head to the U.S. as we announce Las Vegas as the location for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 awards ceremony next June, in collaboration with our host destination partner, LVCVA, and venue partner Wynn Las Vegas. No stranger to putting on some of the greatest shows on earth, we can think of no better partners to bring next year’s awards ceremony to life. We cannot wait to gather the global restaurant community together in the entertainment capital of the world to celebrate the best in gastronomy.”

“We are honoured that The World’s 50 Best Restaurants recognises Las Vegas as a global culinary destination and has selected us as the official host destination for the 2024 awards,” says Steve Hill, president/CEO of the LVCVA. “Just like the city itself, the culinary landscape in Las Vegas is constantly evolving, and we are thrilled to showcase the breadth and depth to world-renowned chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary leaders from around the world.”

Brian Gullbrants, Chief Operating Officer – Wynn Resorts, North America, adds: “It is our sincere privilege to be the host resort for the prestigious The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024. For nearly two decades, Wynn Las Vegas has been the epicentre of this city’s gastronomic community with our uniquely curated restaurant portfolio. We have sought to advance the culinary conversation with progressiveness and true excellence in hospitality. Now, we set the stage to celebrate the very best chefs, restaurateurs and culinary enthusiasts from around the world."

Stefano Bolognese, S.Pellegrino International Business Unit Director, says: “We are honoured to be able to collaborate with 50 Best in bringing The World’s 50 Best Restaurants to Las Vegas, in a country that is very dear to us, marking the continuation of this prestigious event’s global tour.  S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are iconic ‘Made In Italy’ brands, exporting excellence since 1899. Our success could only be achieved with the support of chefs, restaurateurs and culinary communities around the globe. For this reason, recognising their creativity and excellence is at our heart, and we are extremely proud to gather again for the 2024 edition to shine a spotlight on the global gastronomic industry.”

Highlights for the programme in Las Vegas will include a series of key events which have become the foundation of 50 Best Restaurants celebrations: thought-leadership forum #50BestTalks, exploring some of the most pertinent topics affecting the hospitality world today; a 50 Best Signature Sessions series of collaborative dining events open to the public, which sees 50 Best chefs cooking alongside renowned local talent for exclusive dining opportunities; a Chefs’ Feast showcasing the finest cooking and exhilarating entertainment Las Vegas has become synonymous with; and the awards ceremony and countdown itself.

The world’s most renowned chefs will also impart their knowledge to local culinary students through a 50 Best educational event. The June event programme will be preceded by several special awards announcements, designed to honour the achievements of both individuals and establishments.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 event, held in Valencia, Spain, saw Central in Lima, Peru named The World’s Best Restaurant. Central will now join the Best of the Best list of former No.1 restaurants, and therefore will not be eligible to appear in the ranking for 2024 and beyond. 

50 Best will continue to use its global platform to highlight even more noteworthy restaurants and bars worldwide – through the 50 Best Discovery platform and its 50 Best lists, special awards and content series. 50 Best will take the opportunity in 2024 and beyond to amplify diverse voices and positive messages, foster progressive discussion and cross-border collaboration, and encourage greater gastronomic discovery and exploration. 

The 50 Best organisation’s role in promoting restaurants and showcasing culinary talent remains more important than ever, continuing to support the hospitality sector by inspiring diners to seek out exciting gastronomic experiences, whether near or far.

50 Best works with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner to help protect the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024. See more details on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants voting process HERE.