Noma regains title of world’s best restaurant

Noma in Denmark has regained its place as S.Pellegrino’s best restaurant in the world.
 
After consistently topping the list in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Copenhagen-based restaurant fell to second place last year but has now swapped places with El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain.
 
The Danish restaurant, headed up by chef-owner René Redzepi has featured on the list for the past nine years and has found fame for its emphasis on foraging and its original take on Nordic cuisine, which includes dishes such as blackcurrant berries and roses.
 
Despite El Celler de Can Roca losing the top spot, it still had reason to celebrate after Jordi Roca was named the world’s best pastry chef, while two other Spanish restaurants featured in the top ten list with San Sebastian’s Mugaritz and Arzak finishing in sixth and eighth spots, respectively. Azurmendi, based in Larrabetzu near Bilbao, also picked up the sustainable restaurant award alongside its finish in 26th place.
 
It was also a good night for the British dining scene after two UK restaurants made the top ten for the first time. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal moved up two spots to fifth, and Brett Graham’s The Ledbury climbed three places to tenth, while The Fat Duck also featured in 47th position.
 
The rest of the top ten was made up by Italy’s Osteria Francescana in third, the USA’s Eleven Madison Park in fourth, Brazil’s D.O.M in seventh and Alinea, based in Chicago, USA, in ninth.
 
Announcing the winners, William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “It has been another exciting year for the awards and we are thrilled to have once again welcomed the world’s best chefs to London for a night of celebration within the industry. The appetite for reaching new gastronomic heights continues to grow and grow and we are honoured to play a small part in that process. It’s fantastic to witness the strength and breadth of talent that exists across all corners of the globe.”
 
The awards were presented at the London’s Guildhall and were sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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