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Melbourne to host World's 50 Best Restaurants event

Tourism Australia has announced that Melbourne will be the host destination for the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2017.

Making the big announcement was William Drew, group editor of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, and Tourism Australia's chief marketing officer Lisa Ronson.

They gave the news at the Chef's Feast, which is a dinner for the world's best chefs and restaurateurs and something of a warm-up for the 50 Best awards, which is taking place in New York this year.

In the tourism and leisure industry, these awards and the people and businesses that make it onto the list are part of a celebration of global gastronomy. They aim to bring together people who make up a unique community of visionaries.

The annual awards are based on the votes of The Diners Club World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which is a group of 1,000 people who are leaders in the restaurant community.

Australia has been particularly well represented in recent years with some high-level eateries that include Attica, Quay and Brae, which all received recognition from the panel last year.

So far, the awards have been running for 14 years and other restaurants that have been honoured with being added to the list include Rockpool, Tetsuya's, Marque and Momofuku Selebo.

Tourism Australia's managing director John O'Sullivan said that the awards and events program have become aligned with the company's Restaurant Australia campaign. This is due to be amplified with a schedule of food and wine-related events and activities throughout this year to further add to Melbourne's upcoming hosting credentials.

Mr O'Sullivan commented: "Hosting such a prestigious event as this provides us with another excellent opportunity to bring the world's most influential food and wine people to Australia to inspire, inform and advocate our country's world-class food and wine scene."

In addition, Mr Drew believes that after having held the previous 14 editions of the awards in London, it was time to make the event "truly global", first in New York and next year in Melbourne.

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