World Restaurant Awards 2019

The World Restaurant Awards has revealed the full line-up of all the award categories at its inaugural edition to due to be held in Paris, on 18 February 2019.

The new concept oscars style televised ceremony will present awards in 18 categories, divided into 'Big' and 'Small' plates, designed to capture the breadth and depth of the world's restaurant community.

While the 'Big Plates' awards nominate winners for more traditional categories like "Restaurant of the year" and "Arrival of the Year," 'Small Plates' has been designed to recognise contemprary culture by "acknowledging the pivotal role social media now plays in the restaurant world while, with tongue firmly in cheek, attempting to subvert current gastronomic fashion."

The categories will change each year in collaboration and consultation with the judging panel.

Food writers Joe Warwick and Andrea Petrini are the brains behind the glamarous new awards, in partnership with producers IMG. Judges include a 100- strong panel of some of the biggest icons in food, including big name chefs like Yannick Alléno, Elena Arzak and Alex Atala plus assorted international restaurant journalists.

Here are each of the awards up for the taking, divided between big plates and small plates, along with a description of each award.


  • Restaurant of the Year - Chosen from the winners of the other 2019 'Large Plates'
  • Arrival of the Year - Restaurants opened between Sept 1, 2017 and Sept 30, 2018
  • House Special
 - Restaurants defined by one particular dish
  • Off-Map Destination - Remote restaurants where the journey to get there is a story
  • Original Thinking - Highlighting envelope-pushing creativity and artistic expression
  • Enduring Classic - Exceptional restaurants open for at least 50 years
  • Event of the Year - Recognising restaurant residencies and pop-ups
  • Atmosphere of the Year - Considering restaurant service, acoustics and overall ambience
  • No Reservations Required - For places where it's possible to turn-up without a booking
  • Ethical Thinking - Rewarding environmental and social responsibility
  • Forward Drinking - Focusing on fresh ideas in liquid refreshment
  • Collaboration of the Year - Rewarding restaurants for the way they work with suppliers


  • Instagram Account of the Year - Picked from the restaurant world's social media platform of choice
  • Trolley of the Year - For those that believe table-side service should always be in fashion
  • Tattoo-Free Chef - For toque stars whose bodies aren't canvases
  • Red Wine-Serving Restaurant - For those who shun current fashion by still championing the red grape
  • Tweezer-Free Kitchen - Searching for a more hands-on style of plating
  • Long-Form Journalism - Because the world still needs in-depth restaurant writing