Heston Blumenthal crowned world’s most successful chef
HESTON Blumenthal’s new London restaurant, Dinner, was voted the ninth best restaurant in the world, the highest new entry in an annual survey of the world’s finest restaurants.
Meanwhile The Fat Duck, Mr Blumenthal’s establishment in Bray, Berkshire, was named the thirteenth best restaurant in the world.
The rankings were announced in London on Monday evening as part of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants survey by Restaurant Magazine. The survey, which is now in its tenth year, is based on the opinions of 800 international food experts.
The high ranking of Mr Blumenthal’s two establishments means that he is the only chef in the world to have more than one restaurant in the top 15.
The next most successful restaurateur on the list is Thomas Keller, whose US restaurants Per Se and The French Laundry are at number six and number 43 in the Top 50 list respectively.
Mr Blumenthal described the result as "brilliant".
Dinner, which is based in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near Hyde Park and opened at the beginning of 2011, specialises in “historic British gastronomy”. Its dishes included Spiced Pigeon, Braised Celery and Roast Marrowbone, which were popular dishes in the 1700s.
When Dinner opened last February, Matthew Norman, the Daily Telegraph’s food critic, described it as “a theatrical tour de force”. The restaurant has since been awarded one Michelin star.
Mr Blumenthal, who is currently on a book and cooking tour of Australia, said: “I am really happy to have two restaurants side-by-side so high up the list, it’s a brilliant result.
“The Fat Duck is better now than it has ever been and I am extremely proud of the whole team. Ashley Palmer-Watts [Dinner’s head chef] and the team have done a magnificent job since opening a year ago. I wish I’d been there to enjoy the party.”
For the third year running the world’s best restaurant was named as Noma in Denmark.
The Copenhagen restaurant has become known as the standard bearer for the so-called New Nordic movement, which focuses on seasonal and local produce.
Meanwhile Spain has the highest concentration of restaurants in the top 10.
El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona near the Mediterranean coast was voted the second best restaurant in the world, followed at number three by Mugaritz in San Sebastian.
Its third top ten entry – Arzak, also in San Sebastian – also won an award last night for the world’s best female chef.
Mr Blumenthal’s crowning moment coincides with the chef finally paying himself and his family a financial dividend.
According to accounts just filed at Companies House, the chef’s SL6 Ltd company paid Mr Blumenthal and members of his family a dividend of £750,000 in the latest financial year.
It is the first time the company has been in a strong enough position to make such a payment.