Denmark's Noma wins world's best restaurant again

Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:57pm EDT
 
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By Caroline Copley

LONDON (Reuters) - Danish restaurant Noma in Copenhagen was crowned the world's best restaurant for the second year in a row in an annual list, beating out top eateries in Spain, Italy, Britain, the United States and elsewhere.

The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, produced by Britain's Restaurant Magazine, were unveiled in London after voting by a panel of more than 800 chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and food experts who rated Noma's leadership of a "new guard" of global cuisine.

Spain's El Celler de Can Roca came second followed by fellow Spanish restaurant Mugaritz, Italy's Osteria Francescana, Britain's Fat Duck and Alinea in the United States.

Noma, located in a converted dockside shipping warehouse, toppled a four-year reign by Spain's El Bulli restaurant last year at the awards, often referred to as the "Oscars" of the restaurant industry.

Noma's 33-year-old chef, Rene Redzepi, serves a new kind of Nordic cuisine such as musk ox and smoked marrow, sea urchin and dill or beef cheek and pear.

"We heartily congratulate Rene Redzepi for the difficult task of maintaining his position as the number one restaurant on our list, which underscores his commitment to redefining Nordic cuisine," Restaurant magazine Editor William Drew said in a statement with the winning results for the 10th year of the awards.

Drew said this year's list spanned a greater geographical spread than previous years and recognised the influence of "fledgling" culinary nations such as Peru and Russia.

El Bulli was closed this year and therefore not included on the list, allowing El Celler de Can Roca and Mugaritz to clamber in behind Noma.   Continued...

 
<p>A part of the Noma restaurant run by Chef Rene Redzepi is seen in Copenhagen in this December 12, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/Files</p>