World's 50 Best Restaurants revealed

Middle East does not have any representatives in the S.Pellegrino list
Noma's Rene Redzepi.
Noma's Rene Redzepi.
El Bulli's Ferran Adria.
El Bulli's Ferran Adria.

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The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards last night named Copenhagen's Noma as the top restaurant in the world, in a glittering ceremony at the Guildhall in London.


Run by 32-year-old head chef Rene Redzepi, Noma took the coveted top slot by accumulating most votes from an Academy of over 800 international critics, journalists and food experts in the awards organised by the UK's Restaurant Magazine.

A dining venue where most dishes are served by the chefs themselves, Noma leads the trend in 'cold climate cuisine', having built a reputation around taking seasonal and local ingredients, many unheard of outside of the Nordic region and creating nature-inspired dishes such as ‘Radishes in Edible Soil’.

After four consecutive years at the top, Ferran Adrià's El Bulli found itself in second place in the ranking, while the UK's Fat Duck, run by Heston Blumenthal, completed the top three restaurants.

Cape Town's La Colombe restaurant became the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Middle East and Africa, reaching number 12 on the list of this year’s instalment of the established listing.

This year, neither the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant nor the extended ‘Top 100’ listing featured any restaurants from the Middle East.

Last year, Pierre Gagnaire’s first regional venture, Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, was the sole regional representative in the ranking, just squeezing in at number 100.

Commenting on the 2010 list, Paul Wootton — editor of event organiser Restaurant —said: "This year's list is an exciting one that highlights in particular the wealth of young, dynamic chefs bringing new ideas to the world of gastronomy.

“We are very much looking forward to the next 10 years, with the list continuing to inspire debate and court opinion all over the world."

Highlights of last night’s ceremony included:

• The S.Pellegrino World's Best Restaurant & The Acqua Panna European Best Restaurant:
Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark.

• Lifetime Achievement Award:
Eckart Witzigmann

• Restaurant Magazine Chef of the Decade:
Ferran Adrià, Spain

• The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in the Middle East & Africa:
La Colombe, Cape Town, South Africa.

• The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in North America:
Alinea, Chicago, USA.

• The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South America:
D.O.M, Sao Paolo, Brazil.

• The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Asia:
Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan.

• Chef's Choice Award:
The Fat Duck, Bray, UK.

• The Highest Climber:
Daniel, New York, USA.

• Highest New Entry:
Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland.

• Restaurant Breakthrough Award:
Marque, Sydney, Australia.

Read on for the full Top 100 ranking…

S.Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants Awards 2010: 1-100

1. Noma, Denmark
2. El Bulli, Spain
3. The Fat Duck, UK
4. El Celler de Can Roca, Spain
5. Mugaritz, Spain
6. Osteria Francescana, Italy
7. Alinea, USA
8. Daniel, USA
9. Arzak, Spain
10. Per Se, United States
11. Le Chateaubriand, France
12. La Colombe, South Africa
13. Pierre Gagnaire, France
14. Hotel de Ville, Switzerland
15. Le Bernardin, United States
16. L`Astrance, France
17. Hof van Cleve, Belgium
18. D.O.M., Brazil
19. Oud Sluis, Holland
20. Le Calandre, Italy
21. Steirereck, Austria
22. Vendome, Germany
23. Chez Dominique, Finland
24. Les Créations de NARISAWA, Japan
25. Mathias Dahlgren, Sweden
26. Momofuku Ssam Bar, USA
27. Quay, Australia
28. Iggy`s, Singapore
29. L`Atelier de Joel Robuchon, France
30. Schloss Schauenstein, Switzerland
31. Le Quartier Francais, South Africa
32. The French Laundry, United States
33. Martin Berasategui, Spain
34. Aqua, Germany
35. Combal Zero, Italy
36. Dal Pescatore, Italy
37. De Librije, Netherlands
38. Tetsuya`s, Australia
39. Jaan par Andre, Singapore
40. Il Canto, Italy
41. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, France
42. Oaxen Skärgårdskrog , Sweden
43. St John, UK
44. La Maison Troisgros, France
45. wd~50, United States
46. Biko, Mexico
47. Die Schwarzwaldstube, Germany
48. Nihonryori RyuGin, Japan
49. Hibiscus, UK
50. Eleven Madison Park, United States

51. Maison Pic, France
52. Jean Georges, USA
53. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong
54. Wasabi, India
55. Robuchon A Galera, Macau
56. Bras, France
57. De Karmeliet, Belgium
58. Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, UK
59. Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
60. Rouge, Canada
61. Etxebarri, Spain
62. Tantris, Germany
63. Akelarre, Spain
64. Gastehaus Erfort, Germany
65. Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
66. Zuma, London
67. Marque - Winner of Breakthrough Award 2010, Australia
68. Ruscalleda Sant Pau, Spain
69. Chez Panisse, USA
70. Quique Dacosta, Spain
71. Ristorante Cracco, Italy
72. Pujol, Mexico
73. Attica, Australia
74. Rust En Vrede, South Africa
75. Varvari, Russia
76. La Grenouillere, France
77. Langdon Hall, Canada
78. Les Amis, Singapore
79. Can Fabes, Spain
80. La Gazzetta, France
81. Plavi Podrum, Croatia
82. The River Café, UK
83. Mirazur, France
84. Gunther’s, Singapore
85. Doce Uvas, Russia
86. Manresa, USA
87. Enoteca Pinchiorri, Italy
88. Quintessence, Japan
89. Restavracija JB, Slovenia
90. Amber, Hong Kong
91. Masa, USA
92. Le Gavroche, UK
93. Café Pushkin, Russia
94. Semifreddo, Russia
95. Alain Ducasee at The Dorchester, UK
96. Cepage by Les Amis, Hong Kong
97. La Pergola, Italy
98. Le Louis XV, France
99. Le Pre Catela, Paris
100. Amador, Germany

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