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Hof Van Cleve ranked 36th in world's top 50 restaurants list

KRUISHOUTEM, BELGIUM: Illustration pictured shows the entrance of restaurant Hof Van Cleve of Chef cook Peter Goossens. (BELGA PHOTO LIEVEN VAN ASSCHE)
06:05 06/10/2021

Belgian restaurant Hof Van Cleve, led by chef Peter Goossens, located in Kruishoutem, East Flanders, has been ranked 36th on the popular list of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World, it was announced on Tuesday at a ceremony in Antwerp.

The top place on the list this year was won by chef René Redzepi’s restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, which re-gained its number one position, last held in 2014. It was followed by Geranium, also in the Danish capital, and Asador Etxebarri in the Spanish municipality of Atxondo.

The previous ranking, in 2019, had crowned Mirazur, the three-starred French restaurant of Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco in Menton, on the French Riviera, as number one. The Hof Van Cleve came in 43rd position. There was no ranking in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The list of restaurants ranked from 51st to 100th place had been announced earlier, with Koksijde's iconic chef Willem Hiele making his debut on the list at place 77, while Antwerp's restaurant The Jane is in 66th place, rising from 111th place in 2019.

This is the first time that the ceremony has been held in Belgium. Last year, Singapore was the host city. The awards ceremony and its peripheral events are attended by chefs and restaurant owners from all over the world.

This list, which was launched by the British magazine Restaurant in 2002, has often been criticised for its lack of transparency and methodology. The list is compiled from the votes of 1,000 international "experts", including chefs, food critics and gourmet travellers, divided into geographical regions.

Without there being a pre-defined list of criteria, they elect, on the basis of their personal experience, 10 restaurants – at least four of which are outside their geographical region – in which they must have eaten in the 18 months preceding the publication of the ranking.


Written by Nick Amies