And the World's Best Restaurant Is ...
What's the best restaurant in the world? In the estimation of the judges who bestow the prestigious S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards (aka fine dining's Oscars), that distinction now belongs to the Danish restaurant Noma. Chef-owner René Redzepi's Copenhagen dining establishment, which last year landed at No. 2 on the annual list, organized by the U.K.'s Restaurant magazine, has retaken the top honors for what the committee called "mould-breaking Nordic food that takes nature's bounty to new levels."
Accepting the award at a ceremony in London on Monday night, René called the accolade "too ... crazy!" He said he and the staff had worked hard to make this year their best. "Thank you for believing in us."
Rounding out the top 10 were, in order from top to bottom, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain (last year's winner, moving down a spot to No. 2); Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy (holding steady at No. 3); Daniel Humm's Eleven Madison Park in New York (moving up one spot to No. 4); Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London; Mugaritz in San Sebastián, Spain; D.O.M. in São Paulo, Brazil; Arzak in San Sebastián, Spain; Grant Achatz's Alinea in Chicago (moving up to No. 9 from No. 15); and The Ledbury in London.
Other American restaurants on the list include New York's Le Bernardin (chef: Eric Ripert), which dropped two spots to No. 21; Thomas Keller's Per Se, which sank from No. 11 to No. 30; and Daniel Boulud's flagship Daniel, which moved down from No. 29 to No. 40. Thomas' The French Laundry, in Yountville, Calif., moved up three spots to No. 44, and Daniel Patterson's San Francisco restaurant Coi landed on the list for the first time, at No. 49. San Francisco's Saison was deemed "One To Watch."
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