Every year a panel of over 800 chefs, critics and other industry experts from around the World, choose the best restaurant of the year. The poll is organized by Restaurant Magazine – a British magazine, from 2002 has been producing The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
This is the most prestigious list, ranking the best of the best restaurants in the world, and it is published in April of each year (next one coming out on 26 April, 2010).
The list actually contains two parts – 1-50 Best Restaurants in the World and 51-100 Best Restaurants in the World. Guide). The Restaurant Magazine publishes a comprehensive guide, packed with details of the world’s greatest restaurants, including in depth articles about the winning restaurants and chefs.
The list of is at the end of the article.
For four years in a row (2006 – 2009) the famous Spaniard Ferran Adrià tops the list with his iconic El Bulli restaurant in Catalonia, Spain (watch video bellow). Experts compare his cooking to the innovative art of Piccaso and insist he will leave a huge legacy in the development of cooking as an art. Second, again for four consecutive years, is the Brit Heston Blumenthal, with his The Fat Duck, in Bray, (Berkshire, England).
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled from the votes of chefs and experts from around the World. Here is how the system works:
The world is divided into regions, with a chairperson in each region appointed for their knowledge of their part of the restaurant world. They chair each selected voting panel, who cast a total of 4,030 votes.
There is no list of nominees; each member of our international voting panel votes for their personal choice of five restaurants. They may vote for up to two restaurants in their own region, the remaining votes must be cast outside their home region. Nobody is allowed to vote for their own restaurant and voters must have eaten in the restaurants they nominate within the past 18 months.
Contrary to popular belief, the Restaurants selected do not have to meet any criteria like Michelin or other guides. This has allowed restaurants like Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Extebarri and St John to be among the molecular and traditional cuisines of Restaurants like The Fat Duck to Les Ambassadeurs.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2009:
|1 = El Bulli||Spain||The World’s Best Restaurant &
Best Restaurant in Europe
|2 = The Fat Duck||UK|
|3 ↑7 Noma||Denmark||Chef’s Choice|
|4 = Mugaritz||Spain|
|5 ↑21 El Celler de Can Roca||Spain||Highest climber|
|6 = Per Se||USA||Best Restaurant in the Americas|
|7 = Bras||France|
|8 = Arzak||Spain|
|9 ↑6 Pierre Gagnaire||France|
|10 ↑11 Alinea||USA|
|11 = L’Astrance||France|
|12 ↓7 The French Laundry||USA|
|13 Osteria Francescana||Italy||Highest New Entry|
|14 ↑2 St John||UK|
|15 ↑5 Le Bernardin||USA|
|16 ↑11 L’Hôtel de Ville – Philippe Rochat||Switzerland|
|17 ↓8 Tetsuya’s||Australia||Best Restaurant in Australasia|
|18 ↓4 L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon||France|
|19 ↓2 Jean Georges||USA|
|20 Les Créations de Narisawa||Japan||Best Restaurant in Asia, New Entry|
|21 ↑18 Chez Dominique||Finland|
|22 ↑21 Ristorante Cracco||Italy|
|23 ↑12 Die Schwarzwaldstube||Germany|
|24 ↑16 D.O.M.||Brasil|
|25 ↑9 Vendôme||Germany|
|26 ↑2 Hof van Cleve||Belgium|
|27 Masa||USA||Re Entry|
|28 ↓16 Gambero Rosso||Italy|
|29 ↑13 Oud Sluis||Netherlands|
|30 Steirereck||Austria||New Entry|
|31 Momofuku Ssäm Bar||USA||New Entry|
|32 ↑16 Oaxen Skärgårdskrog||Sweden|
|33 ↓4 Martin Berasategui||Spain|
|34 ↓4 Nobu London||UK|
|35 Miraz||France||New Entry|
|36 ↓17 Hakkasan||UK|
|37 ↑13 Le Quartier Français||South Africa||Best Restaurant in the Middle East and Africa|
|38 La Colombe||South Africa||Re-Entry|
|39 ↑5 Asador Etxebarri||Spain|
|40 Le Chateaubriand||France||New Entry|
|41 = Daniel||USA|
|43 ↓28 Le Louis XV||Monaco|
|44 ↑3 Tantris||Germany|
|45 Iggy’s||Singapore||New Entry|
|46 Quay||Australia||New Entry|
|47 ↓2 Les Ambassadeurs||France|
|48 ↓25 Dal Pescatore||Italy|
|49 ↓13 La Calandre||Italy|
|50 Mathias D||Sweden||New Entry|