On Top Of The List

Leading the world’s global culinary standards, Tim Brooke Webb is opening up minds of food lovers across the world.

Tim Brooke Webb is a well-known name in the global culinary industry. The Managing Director of William Reed Business Media, he has been responsible for a number of portfolios, including The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – a sought after list that every modern cuisine restaurant and chef would love to be in.


How would you sum up the story of your life?

I was born 44 years ago into an army family in the UK. My father’s job required him to work in different parts of Europe and I spent much of my childhood in Germany, Northern Ireland and at the NATO HQ in Belgium.  Going to boarding school from age of 7, I travelled independently and met people of different nationalities. This gave me interest and curiosity about other cultures.  

I joined William Reed in 2007 and became responsible for 50 Best Restaurants a year later. Since then, the brand has grown into something bigger than we never imagined – the most powerful voice in global gastronomy.  I have now overseen 9 World’s 50 Best Restaurants events and 5 each of Latin America’s and Asia’s 50 Best.  We have recently added The World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars.



Could you share with us the process and the criteria of selecting the best restaurants in the world?

There are no criteria that a restaurant has to meet. They do not have to sell a certain product or need to have been open a certain number of years and have won any other culinary accolades. Restaurants cannot apply to be on the list, and cannot be nominated. It also means that every restaurant in the world is eligible.

The list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprising over 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. The Academy is split into 26 separate regions around the world. Each region has its own voting panel of 40 members including a chairperson to head it up.  Made up from food writers, critics, chefs, restaurateurs and well-travelled gourmets, each Academy member has 10 votes, and must submit their 10 choices, with 4 of these restaurants needing to be outside their home region. They must have eaten in the restaurants they nominate in the last 18 months.