World’s Best Restaurants 2014: Noma Wins Again

Copenhagen restaurant Noma has regained its crown as the world’s best restaurant after being knocked off its throne last year by a Spanish rival.

Noma restaurant in Copenhagen took out first place in the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. Photo: Lynn D. Rosentrater/ Flickr

Noma restaurant in Copenhagen took out first place in the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Photo: Lynn D. Rosentrater/ Flickr

The world’s best 50 restaurants have been announced, with Danish restaurant, Noma proved its title of the globe’s best, after  in 2013 the Copenhagen restaurant was toppled by Spanish family restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. The two-Michelin star restaurant restored its crown following three consecutive wins in 2010, 2011, 2012.

Noma is a 45-seat restaurant located in a dockside warehouse and is famous for providing an unusual gastronomic experience for diners, featuring rare ingredients sourced from the local landscape, such as reindeer moss and cod liver.

The restaurant aims to reimagine Nordic cuisine, and its name is a combination of two Danish words “nordisk” (Nordic) and “mad” (food). The Noma team is opening a Japanese version of the restaurant in early 2015.

Unfortunately, last March the restaurant, where dinner for two can run upward of $900, hit the headlines when dozens of diners got sick with a norovirus after eating there.

“We didn’t expect it at all, we thought we had had our moment on this list. I know that for the team, this is the biggest moment,” said Rene Redzepi, chef-owner of Noma. “We came in here expecting nothing. The newspapers said Noma is over. We have a moment that is mind-boggling.”

The second place this year is occupied by the last year winner, Spanish restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. In general, there are seven Spanish restaurants in the list, a number only matched by the USA, which also had seven restaurants in the list.

The list features seven places from Asia, including Nahm in Bangkok, Thailand, which was placed at number 13 and named as the winner of the Best Restaurant in Asia award. Gaggan, also in Bangkok, was ranked at number 17.

The UK’s highest entry in the list was Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner, at the Hyde Park Mandarin Oriental hotel in London, which moved up two places to the fifth spot. Notting Hill restaurant The Ledbury moved up three places to number 10.

The award for the world’s best pastry chef went to Jordi Roca of El Celler De Can Roca, and the award for best female chef went to Helena Rizzo of Mani in Sao Paulo. There was consolation in that chef Alex Atala received the Chef’s Choice Award, which is voted by the chefs on the list.

Organized annually by Restaurant Magazine, the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, which is co-sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, reviews the best of the best in the cuisine world every year.

The winners are based on the votes of more than 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry, including food critics, chefs, and restaurateurs. Each member can cast seven votes, and at least three must recognize restaurants outside of their home regions.

The awards have turned into the biggest annual gathering of chefs from around the world and are now accompanied by other events in London. This year, those included a lunch at Lima – the London restaurant owned by Central’s Virgilio Martinez – which was attended by Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio and by Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, says Bloomberg.

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