World's 50 Best Restaurants announced
And the winner is...
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.
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:
- El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
- Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
- Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Central, Lima, Peru
- Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
- Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
- Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
- D.OM, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
- Mirazur, Menton, France
- L'Arpège, Paris, France
- Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
- Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
- Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
- Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
- Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
- Le Bernardin, New York, USA
- Asurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
- The Ledbury, London, Britain
- Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
- Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
- White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
- Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
- Fäviken Järpen, Sweden
- Alinea, Chicago, USA
- Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
- The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
- Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
- Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
- Restaurant Frantzen, Stockholm, Sweden
- Attica, Melbourne, Australia
- Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
- Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
- Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
- L'Astrance, Paris, France
- Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
- Amber, Hong Kong
- Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
- Per Se, New York, USA
- Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Tickets Bar, Barcelona, Spain
- Borago, Santiago, Chile (joint 42nd with Tickets Bar)
- Maido, Lima, Peru
- Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Restaurant ANDRE, Singapore
- Au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France
- Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
Blue Hill Farm, New York, USA
The French Laundary, Yountville, USA