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El Celler de Can Roca

Spain and its “nueva cocina”, is back on top after Noma was replaced as World’s Number One in the San Pellegrino The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants (full list below) this week by El Celler de Can Roca. The win reestablishes the Catalonion region after El Bulli was knocked off the top spot some years ago. El Celler’s Roca brothers style of cooking comes full circle, back to free style and molecular gastronomy and away from the rustic foraging of Rene Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen, which has famously served moss, lichen and bone marrow. The family-run restaurant in Girona, which has featured caramelized olives served on a bonsai tree on its menu, has seen the avant garde eatery on the runners up list for two years.

The top 10 is once again dominated by Spanish cuisine. Arzak, San Sebastian is at Number 8 – we reviewed Arzak’s new London outpost, Ametsa, last month which you can read here.  France and the US feature heavily on the list overall and China also had three entries for the first time.

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Dinner by Heston

The British manage three entries; Heston may be down cast by The Fat Duck’s slide from 13 to 33 but Dinner by Heston climbs from 9 to 7 giving the Brits their only entry into the top 10. Replacing the Fat Duck at number 13 is Brett Graham’s extraordinary The Ledbury. Alain Ducasse was also honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

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The Ledbury, Brett Graham

The list was drawn from the votes of more than 900 leading figures in the industry – including food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded “gastronomes”. The full list appears below and the link to the main site is here.

1. El Celler de can Roca, Girona, Spain

2. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Osteria Francscana, Modena, Italy

4. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA

6. D. O. M., Sao Paulo, Brazil

7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, England

8. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain

9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria

10. Vendome, Bergisch Gladback, Germany

11. Per Se, New York, USA

12. Frantzen/Lindeberg, Stockholm, Sweden

13. The Ledbury, London, England

14. Astrid Y Gaston, Lima, Peru

15. Alinea, Chicago, USA

16. L’Arpege, Paris, France

17. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico

18. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France

19. Le Bernardin, New York, USA

20. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan

21. Attica, Melbourne, Australia

22. Nihnryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan

23. L’astrance, Paris, France

24. L’atelier Saint-Germain de Joel Robuchon

25. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium

26. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain

27. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy

28. Mirazur, Menton, France

29. Daniel, New York, USA

30. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany

31. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico

32. Nahm, Bankok, Thailand

33. The Fat Duck, Bray, England

34. Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden

35. Oud Sluis, Sluis, Netherlands

36. Amber, Hong Kong, China

37. Villa Joya, Albufeira, Portugal

38. Restaurant Andre, Singapore

39. 81/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China

40. Combal. Zero, Rivoli, Italy

41. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

42. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland

43. Mr & Mrs Bund, Shanghai, China

44. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain

45. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

46. Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil

47. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA

48. Quay, Sydney, Australia

49. Septime, Paris, France

50. Central, Lima, Peru

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