Danish restaurant Noma was yesterday named the World’s Best Restaurant, the fourth time it has clinched the award in the last five years.
Three UK restaurants made it into the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (5th), The Ledbury (10th) and The Fat Duck (47th).
But it was the Copenhagen–based fine dining establishment which had most to celebrate, regaining the coveted number one spot at a glittering ceremony in London.
Noma chef-owner Rene Redzepi is recognised for his highly original, sometimes visceral version of new Nordic cuisine.
His food strives to reflect the Danish landscape and culture with signature dishes such as ‘Blackcurrant Berries and Roses’. Redzepi’s meticulous attention to detail, innovative approach to foraging and experimentation with fermentation has once again brought his restaurant to the pinnacle.
Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca moved to the number one spot and was one of three Spanish restaurants to make it into the top 10.
The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry.
The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member can cast seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of the academy member’s own region.
The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’.