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Best restaurant in the world for 2010 is Noma, in Copenhagen

Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen

Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen

El Bulli has lost the top spot to Noma, a Nordic restaurant in Copenhagen which won the number one spot in S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2010.

Danish restaurant Noma, which was number three last year, has removed the Spain’s El Bulli from the first place of the Best Restaurants list. El Bulli, which, until last year, had occupied the top slot for four consecutive years, is now on second place, pushing last year’s number two restaurant, The Fat Duck, down to third place.

The restaurant in Copenhagen, run by head chef Rene Redzepi,first appeared in the list in 2006 at 33rd position and became one of the most talked-about restaurants in the list last year after jumping up to third place.

Ferran Adria, who did not get the top place this year, was , however, called up to the stage to receive a special award: Chef of the Decade. He said: “I feel very, very emotional. Today’s a very special day, because it’s the last time I’ll get a prize from the gastro world. El Bulli will never be a restaurant again, but don’t think I’m going to leave you. Thus the great chef once again officially confirmed that the iconic Ell Bully will be closed for good.

Few other restaurants picked up special awards on the night :

Best in World and Europe: Noma
Best in North America: Alinea
Best in South America: D.O.M
Best in Africa: La Colombe
Best in Asia: Les Créations de Narisawa
Best in Australasia: Quay
Highest climber: Daniel, USA
Highest new entry:Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland

I’m delighted that Japan, with two restaurants, makes a showing, though it is still grossly under-represented. I also like the fact that Chateaubriand is the highest ranked French restaurant, voted ahead of all the over-gilded gastro-palaces, it feels like a breath of fresh air. It is a low key bistro, with apparently fabulous food (I’ve never been) and when the food is what matters more than the decor then that has to be a good thing.

The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010:

Rank Change Restaurant Region Awards
1 Up 2 Noma Denmark The S.Pellegrino Best Restaurant in the World, The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Europe
2 Down 1 El Bulli Spain Restaurant Magazine Chef of the Decade
3 Down 1 The Fat Duck UK The Chef’s Choice sponsored by Electrolux
4 Up 1 El Celler de Can Roca Spain
5 Down 1 Mugaritz Spain
6 Up 7 Osteria Francescana Italy
7 Up 3 Alinea USA The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant In N.America
8 Up 33 Daniel USA The Highest Climber sponsored by Cocoa Barry
9 Down 1 Arzak Spain
10 Down 4 Per Se USA
11 Up 29 Le Chateaubriand France
12 Up 26 La Colombe South Africa The Acqua Panna Best Restautant in South Africa
13 Down 4 Pierre Gagnaire France
14 Up 2 L’Hotel de Ville – PhilippeRochat Switzerland
15 Le Bernardin USA
16 Down 5 L’Astrance France
17 up 9 Hof Van Cleve Belgium
18 Up 6 D.O.M. Brazil The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South America
19 Up 10 Oud Sluis Holland
20 Up 29 Le Calendre Italy
21 Up 9 Steirereck Austria
22 Up 3 Vendome Germany
23 Down 2 Chef Dominique Finland
24 Down 4 Les Creations de Narisawa Japan The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Asia
25 Up 25 Mathias Dahlgren Sweden
26 Up 5 Momofuku Ssam Bar USA
27 Up 19 Quay Australia The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Australasia
28 Up 17 Iggy’s Singapore
29 Down 11 L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon France
30 New Entry Schloss Schauenstein Switzerland
31 6 Le Quartier Francais South Africa
32 Down 20 The French Laundry USA
33 Down 4 Martin Berasategui Spain
34 New Entry Aqua UK
35 Up 7 Combal Zero Italy
36 Up 12 Dal Pescatore Italy
37 New Entry De Librije Netherlands
38 21 Tetsuya’s Australia
39 New Entry Jaan Par Andre Singapore
40 New Entry Il Canto Italy
41 Re-Entry Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athenee France
42 Down 10 Oaxen Krog Sweden
43 Down 29 St John UK
44 Re-Entry La Maison Troisgros France
45 New Entry wd~50 USA
46 New Entry Biko Mexico
47 Down 24 Die Schwarzwaldstube Germany
48 New Entry Nihonryori RyuGin Japan
49 New Entry Hibiscus UK
50 New Entry Eleven Madison Park USA

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