Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana named the World’s Best Restaurant

Picture by Oliviero ToscaniMassimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana has been crowned the Best Restaurant in the World.

The three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Modena, Italy, beat incumbent El Celler de Can Roca in Spain to win the title having previously placed second (2015) and third (2014/2013) in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which is run by Restaurant Magazine. For the first time this year the awards were hosted in New York City and not London.

Massimo is known for his highly artistic avant-garde cooking style, which reinvents traditional Italian cuisine. His signature dishes include the Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano, which sees the famed cheese served in five different forms and textures ranging from demi-soufflé to a mousse, a liquid cream, a crisp wafer and a “breath of air” derived from a broth of Parmigiano rind.

This year, the top 10 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants saw a bit of a shake up, with New York City’s Eleven Madison Park taking third place (fifth last year) and Central, Virgilio Martinez’s restaurant in Lima, Peru, ranking in fourth place.

Copenhagen’s Noma, which had previously won the award four times, has dropped to number five. The remainder of the top 10 is made up of Mirazur in Menton, France; Mugaritz in San Sebastián, Spain; Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan; Steireck in Vienna, Austria; and Asador Etxebarri in Axpe, Spain.

Tdominique crennhe USA boasts a total of six restaurants on the list including former One To Watch winner Saison (27) in San Francisco, which is one of four new entries to the list (along with four re-entries). New York’s Estela (44) is also a newcomer, while Alinea in Chicago has climbed 11 places to 15. And San Francisco’s Dominique Crenn (pictured), who was the first woman in the USA to have won two Michelin stars, has this year been named the World’s Best Female Chef.

Bad news, however, have come for iconic US chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud as their restaurants have dropped off the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Boulud’s eponymous Daniel in New York dropped to place 71, while Keller’s Per Se is now ranked 52nd and The French Laundry is at number 85.

Other US restaurants ranked in the top 100 are: The Restaurant at Meadowood (67); The Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (81); Manresa (83); and Benu (89).

The highest-ranking UK restaurant this year is Brett Graham’s The Ledbury, which has climbed six places to number 14. Meanwhile Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, which ranked in seventh place last year, has dropped to number 45 this.

The Clove Club in Shoreditch has won the Highest New Entry Award after climbing 29 places to enter the top 50 for the first time at number 26. Other UK restaurants featured in the top 100 include: Hedone (60); Lyle’s (65); and St John (91).

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Top 10:

  1. Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy
  2. El Celler de Can Roca Girona, Spain
  3. Eleven Madison Park New York, USA
  4. Central, Lima, Peru
  5. Noma Copenhagen, Denmark
  6. Mirazur, Menton, France
  7. Mugaritz San Sebastián, Spain
  8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  9. Steireck, Vieanna, Austria
  10. Asador Etxebarri in Axpe, Spain

See the full list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants here.

El Celler de Can Roca regains title of the World’s Best Restaurant

roca brothersSpanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca has reclaimed its crown as the World’s Best Restaurant.

After winning the title in 2013 but losing out to Copenhagen’s Noma last year, El Celler de Can Roca, which is run by brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca (pictured), has regained the number one spot in this year’s rankings of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, placed second this year, after two years occupying third place, which is now held by four-time winner Noma. In fourth position is Central in Lima, Peru, and the top five is completed by Eleven Madison Park in New York, whose chef Daniel Humm also won the Chefs’ Choice Award.

As the winner, the three-Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Girona is one of seven Spanish eateries included in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The second highest placing is Mugaritz at number six.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is the UK’s highest ranking restaurant in seventh position, with Narisawa in Tokyo ranking as the top Asian restaurant in eighth place, and D.O.M. in Sao Paulo (ninth), and Gaggan in Bangkok (10th) completing this year’s top 10.

Newcomers to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year include White Rabbit in Moscow, which was named Highest New Entry in 23rd place, as well as Tickets in Barcelona, which debuted in 42nd place and is run by Ferran Adria’s brother Albert, who also won the World’s Best Pastry Chef award.

Other special awards included: Daniel Boulud picking up Lifetime Achievement; Helene Darroze winning Best Female Chef; and Relae in Copenhagen taking the Sustainable Restaurant Award.

The USA has six restaurants on the list overall and one new entry, with Eleven Madison Park claiming the Best Restaurant in North America title. Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns outside New York has made its first appearance on the list at number 49.

France meanwhile has five restaurants in the 50 Best with Mirazur remaining in 11th place for the second year running, followed by L’Arpege in Paris in 12th place.

South America now has nine restaurants on the list – with new entries including Boragó in Santiago, Chile; Maido in Lima, Peru; and Quintonil and Biko in Mexico City – and Asia has seven, including a new entry at number 24 in the form of Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet in Shanghai, China.

Africa’s only listed restaurant in the top 50 is the Test Kitchen in Cape Town, South Africa, in 28th place; while Australia’s sole restaurant is Ben Shewry’s Attica in Melbourne.

The results were announced at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, at London’s Guildhall today. Next year, for the first time in the 14-year history of the awards, the ceremony will take place in New York.

The top 10 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants:
1 El Celler de Can Roca Girona, Spain
2 Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy
3 Noma Copenhagen, Denmark
4 Central, Lima, Peru
5 Eleven Madison Park New York, US
6 Mugaritz San Sebastián, Spain
7 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal London, UK
8 Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
9 DOM São Paulo, Brazil
10 Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand

See the full list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants here.

Noma regains title as the World’s Best Restaurant

rene-redzepiNoma, René Redzepi’s Copenhagen restaurant, has reclaimed its crown as the World’s Best Restaurant.

After winning the title three times from 2010 to 2012 but losing out to Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca last year, Noma regained the number one spot in this year’s rankings of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

“Guys we’re not losers,” said Redzepi in an excruciating speech. “This is too fucking crazy. How many of you expected this?”

The incumbent El Celler de Can Roca – run by brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca – placed second, with Jordi Roca winning the inaugural title of the World’s Best Pastry Chef.

Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Italy remained third for the second year running, with Eleven Madison Park in fourth place, winning the title of Best Restaurant in North America.

For the first time the UK has two restaurants in the top ten with Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in fifth position and Brett Graham’s The Ledbury placing 10th. The only other UK restaurant on the list is the Fat Duck – which won the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2005 – in 47th position.

With seven restaurants on the list overall and two restaurants in the top ten, the USA this year matches Spain and France with the highest number of restaurants on the list. However, Eleven Madison Park and Alinea, which placed in the top 10, and newcomer Coi in 49th position, aside, iconic US restaurants slipped down the ranks, with 2003 and 2004 winner the French Laundry in 44th; Daniel in 40th; Per Se in 30th; and Le Bernadin in 21st place. Good news came with Saison in San Francisco winning the One To Watch award.

Fergus_50_bestOther special awards included: Fergus Henderson of St John in London picking up Lifetime Achievement; Helena Rizzo of Mani in Sao Paulo winning Best Female Chef; Alex Atala of D.O.M., also in São Paulo, scooping the Chefs’ Choice Awar; and Azurmendi near Bilbao in Spain taking the Sustainable Restaurant Award.

The results were announced at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, at London’s Guildhall last night.

The top 10 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants:
1 Noma Copenhagen, Denmark
2 El Celler de Can Roca Girona, Spain
3 Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy
4 Eleven Madison Park New York, US
5 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal London, UK
6 Mugaritz San Sebastián, Spain
7 DOM São Paulo, Brazil
8 Arzak San Sebastián, Spain
9 Alinea Chicago, US
10 The Ledbury London, UK

View the full list here.