February 22, 2024

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What the world likes to eat: Top 100 nations for good food revealed – and it’s Italy that’s No.1, with America ranked 16th and England a lowly 39th

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Lettuce celebrate! The top 100 nations for good food have been revealed – and it’s Italy that’s number one followed by runner-up Japan and Greece in third.

This is according to a recent study by the Taste Atlas Awards 2023/24, which is based on 271,819 dish ratings and 80,863 food product ratings. ‘Italy and Japan recorded the same average rating,’ said Taste Atlas, ‘but Italy has taken first place again this year due to a higher rating of its best-rated dish – pizza.’

Completing the top five is Portugal (fourth) and China (fifth), while the U.S ranks 16th, Australia ranks 50th, England ranks 39th, Scotland is 47th and Wales only just makes the list in 99th place.

The top ten is rounded off by Indonesia (sixth); Mexico (seventh); France (eighth); Spain (ninth) and Peru (tenth). 

In a separate ranking focused on the world’s 100 best dishes, the crown goes to Brazil’s picanha – a cut of beef from the rump of a cow. 

The top 100 nations for good food have been revealed - and it's Italy that's number one followed by runner-up Japan and Greece in third

The top 100 nations for good food have been revealed – and it’s Italy that’s number one followed by runner-up Japan and Greece in third

In second, it’s Malaysia flatbread ‘roti canai’, and in third, it’s Thai stir-fry dish ‘phat kophrao’, which is traditionally made with pork or chicken, Thai basil, chilies and garlic and served with Jasmine rice.

Italy appears in fourth place with its popular pizza Napoletana, topped with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. In fifth, it’s guotie – a type of Chinese dumpling.

Not a single British dish makes the cut among the world’s 100 best dishes, with Australia also conspicuous by its absence. One U.S dish features on the list – boiled Maine lobster ranks 78th.

Completing the top five in the best cuisines ranking is Portugal (fourth) and China (fifth), while the U.S ranks 16th, Australia ranks 50th, England ranks 39th, Scotland is 47th and Wales only just makes the list in 99th place

Completing the top five in the best cuisines ranking is Portugal (fourth) and China (fifth), while the U.S ranks 16th, Australia ranks 50th, England ranks 39th, Scotland is 47th and Wales only just makes the list in 99th place 

Italy's Napoletana pizza (pictured) ranks fourth among the world's 100 best dishes, according to Taste Atlas

Italy’s Napoletana pizza (pictured) ranks fourth among the world’s 100 best dishes, according to Taste Atlas

Completing the world’s top ten dishes is a Thai egg noodle soup called ‘khao soi’ (sixth); Indian ‘butter garlic naan’ (seventh); Chinese soup-filled steamed buns, known as  ‘tangbao’ (eighth); Russian meat skewers, or ‘shashlik’ (ninth), and Thai ‘phanaeng curry’ (tenth).

Taste Atlas also charts the world’s top 100 cheeses, with the top three all from Italy – Parmigiano Reggiano (first); mozzarella di bufala campana (second) and stracchino di crescenza.

The list of the world’s 100 best dishes sparked debate among Taste Atlas’s 997,000 Facebook followers, with many keen to point out personal favourites that were missing from the list.

‘Call me average, but I don’t see pepperoni pizza on here,’ wrote ‘Robert’.

While ‘Laura Tasarkan’ said ‘shawarma should be No. 1’ and ‘Prokopis Karvounis’ asked, ‘Where is the moussaka?’

In a ranking focused on the world's 100 best dishes, the crown goes to Brazil's picanha - a cut of beef from the rump of a cow

In a ranking focused on the world’s 100 best dishes, the crown goes to Brazil’s picanha – a cut of beef from the rump of a cow

Others celebrated countries that had a good showing on the list. 

‘Brazil wins!’ wrote ‘Mayra Baldini’ with a party hat emoji, while ‘Lezel De Guzman’ said, ‘Just to see a Philippines dish included is enough!’

Commenting on the complexity of the task at hand, ‘Ad Aree’ added: ‘Even though I’m from Malaysia and our dish is second, IMO it is almost impossible to rank a wide variety of foods because their taste differs so much from one another. 

‘Personally, I love sarawak laksa [a Malaysian noodle soup] more than roti canai and it’s not even on this list.’ 

The list of the world's 100 best dishes (above) sparked debate among Taste Atlas's 997,000 Facebook followers, with many keen to point out personal favourites that were missing from the list

The list of the world’s 100 best dishes (above) sparked debate among Taste Atlas’s 997,000 Facebook followers, with many keen to point out personal favourites that were missing from the list 

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