The winner of this year’s S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best restaurants list has been announced and has awarded the 2011 Worlds Best Restaurant title to noma, a restaurant in Copenhagen. noma, who also took home the 2010 award, is best known for its ‘fanatical approach to foraging’. noma rose to number one last year when it overtook a Spanish restaurant that had held the title for four years running.
What noma say about their food:
‘We do our own salting, smoking, pickling, drying and grilling. We also prepare our own vinegars and make our own eaux de vies (fruit brandy). And we use state-of-the-art kitchen appliances and techniques, of course, since we are just as concerned with the textures of our food as any other world-class restaurant.’
Each year over 800 chefs, critics, journalists and food experts vote on their top 7 restaurants that they had dined in over the past eighteen months. To get on the list is a sought-after honour which can take a restaurant from hidden gem to world class must-visit hot spot. The award has been running for nine years and was first started by the British trade magazine Restaurant; it has become the major awards ceremony for the restaurant industry.
What about the UK?
The UK does have a spot on the list, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck came in at fifth place – down two places on the previous year. Heston Blumenthal, who is known on TV for his unconventional and unusual experiments with food, hosts a Tasting Menu costing £160 per person and lasting for 4 hours. It’s quality not quantity.
Quick Summary of the rest of the list:
- France has the most number of restaurants in the list, eight in total – are we surprised?
- The UK has a total of 4 restaurants that have made it on the list. The Fat Duck being the top of these.
- The highest climber was awarded to Nihonryori Ryugin in Japan. It jumped from 48th place to finish at 20th.
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