Tuesday 28 February 2017

World's 50 Best Restaurants announced

And the winner is...

Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

El Celler Can Roca in Girona, No.1 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants List for 2015.
El Celler Can Roca in Girona, No.1 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants List for 2015.
Joan, El Celler de Can Roca, Josep, El Celler de Can Roca and Jordi, El Celler de Can Roca Winners of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. Photo: onEdition

The World's 50 Best Restaurants list was announced last night, with El Celler de Can Roca returning to the No.1 spot.

The famed restaurant, located in Girona, Spain, had previously been No.1 in 2013. It displaces Copenhagen's Noma, which drops to No.3, atop of the 2015 list.

No Irish restaurant made the influential Top 50.

El Celler de Can Roca (1) and Noma (3) are joined in the Top 10 by Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy (2), Central in Lima, Peru (4), New York's Eleven Madison Park (5), Mugaritz in San Sebastian (6), Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (7), Narisawa in Tokyo (8), Sao Paolo's D.O.M (9) and Gaggan in Bangkok (10).

The highest new entry on this year's list, sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, is White Rabbit in Moscow, at No. 23.

The World's 50 Best list was announced in London last night at a star-studded event attended by the cream of the world's restaurant scene.

The influential list has attracted criticism of late, however, with many chefs voicing concern - both publicly and privately - at the judging process.

According to a recent New York Times report:

"They say that the scales are tipped when some governments sponsor free trips and meals for journalists while others do not; when chefs and restaurateurs make up a third of the voters; and when judges are not required to prove that they have eaten in the restaurants for which they cast ballots."

El Celler de Can Roca celebrates

The World's 50 Best list was first published in 2002 by trade magazine, Restaurant.

It is created based on the votes of a group of 1,000 food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’ around the word. Members make their decisions based on their best restaurant experiences over the previous 18 months.

This year, for the first time, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants worked with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner, its says. The adjudication ensured "that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list" were protected, it added.

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The 2015 list saw Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park take the Chef's Choice Award, though overall, US restaurants fared less well than in previous years.

Spain was the most represented country in the Top 50, with seven restaurants. The US followed with six, and France with five.

Eight new restaurants gained places in the Top 50, with a growth in reach seeing entries from 21 countries, including India, Russia and South Africa.

El Celler de Can Roca first opened in 1986.

Run by three brothers, it explores traditional Catalan ingredients "with an extraordinary variety of cooking methods that stimulate diners’ senses, emotions and memories" – whether via an evocative smell, an explosion of flavour or a visual trick, the organisers say.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants:

  1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  3. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. Central, Lima, Peru
  5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
  6. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
  8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  9. D.OM, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  11. Mirazur, Menton, France
  12. L'Arpège, Paris, France
  13. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
  14. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
  15. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  16. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  17. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
  18. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
  19. Asurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  20. The Ledbury, London, Britain
  21. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
  22. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
  23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  24. Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
  25. Fäviken Järpen, Sweden
  26. Alinea, Chicago, USA
  27. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  28. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
  29. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
  30. Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  31. Restaurant Frantzen, Stockholm, Sweden
  32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
  33. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
  34. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  35. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  36. L'Astrance, Paris, France
  37. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
  38. Amber, Hong Kong
  39. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
  40. Per Se, New York, USA
  41. Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  42. Tickets Bar, Barcelona, Spain
  43. Borago, Santiago, Chile (joint 42nd with Tickets Bar)
  44. Maido, Lima, Peru
  45. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
  46. Restaurant ANDRE, Singapore
  47. Au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France
  48. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
  49. Blue Hill Farm, New York, USA

  50. The French Laundary, Yountville, USA

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