Denmark's Noma regains crown as world's best restaurant

Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:49pm EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

LONDON (Reuters) - Danish restaurant Noma was crowned the world's best restaurant on Monday, pipping last year's Spanish winner to reclaim the increasingly influential title it held for three straight years that guarantees a waiting list for diners.

Noma's chef-owner Rene Redzepi, 36, with his new Nordic cuisine, knocked Spain's El Celler De Can Roca into second place at an award ceremony at London's Guildhall attended by influential chefs and food writers from around the globe.

Noma in Copenhagen won the top award for three years from 2010 until 2012, with its menu boasting original dishes such as sea urchin toast, beef tartar and ants, and pear and kale.

"Redzepi's meticulous attention to detail, innovative approach to foraging and experimentation with fermentation – all driven by passion and a relentless curiosity - has once again brought his restaurant to the pinnacle," the organisers said.

Spain's El Celler de Can Roca, run by the three brothers, slipped back into second place. The list featured seven Spanish restaurants including Mugaritz at No. 6 and fellow San Sebastian establishment Arzak remaining at No. 8.

Avant-garde Italian chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena kept third place for a second year running.

New York's Eleven Madison Park moved up one spot to No. 4 to claim the Best Restaurant in North America.

The top 50 list featured seven U.S. restaurants including Alinea in Chicago, Per Se in New York, and newcomer Coi from San Francisco, The U.S. Restaurant Saison in San Francisco scooped up The One To Watch Award.   Continued...