Denmark's Noma tops elBulli as world's best restaurant

Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:07pm EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) - Danish restaurant Noma in Copenhagen was crowned the world's best restaurant in an annual list, toppling famed Spanish restaurant elBulli from the No. 1 slot after four consecutive years.

The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, produced by Britain's Restaurant Magazine, were unveiled in London after voting by a panel of 806 chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and food experts who rated innovative gastronomy over haute cuisine.

Noma, headed by 32-year-old chef Rene Redzepi who previously worked at elBulli, serves a new kind of Nordic cuisine such as musk ox and smoked marrow, pike perch and unripe elderberries, and dried scallops and watercress.

The restaurant, located in a converted dockside shipping warehouse, came third last year in the prestigious list which is now in its 9th year.

"Copenhagen is no longer the last stop on the gastronomic subway," said Britain's Restaurant Magazine.

"This year's list is an exciting one that highlights in particular the wealth of young, dynamic chefs bringing new ideas to the world of gastronomy," added the magazine's editor Paul Wootton in a statement.

British restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, run by chef Heston Blumenthal and famed for dishes such as snail porridge and bacon-and-eggs ice-cream, slipped one position to take third place in the 2010 list.

Blumenthal and elBulli chef Ferran Adria have been pioneers of a culinary art form known as molecular gastronomy that uses science to invent new techniques for food, such as using liquid nitrogen, centrifuges and precision scales to create hot jellies, grilled fruit and novelties like melon caviar.   Continued...