Moscow restaurant White Rabbit was named one of the world’s top restaurants in new rankings that came out Monday. The eatery, led by chef Vladimir Mukhin, came in 23rd on the list and was also named the highest-ranked new entry on the list.
Judges noted the chef’s innovative dishes that combine Russian tradition with global food trends and noted the restaurant’s setting featuring 360-degree views of central Moscow.
Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca regained its title as the world’s best restaurant on Monday, fending off previous winner Noma, with which it has alternated the top honor in recent years. The Copenhagen restaurant dropped two places to No. 3, knocking chef-owner Rene Redzepi off the top spot he had held last year and for three previous years at the annual fine dining ceremony held in London’s Guildhall.
After being bestowed the ward in 2013, the Girona-based restaurant run by brothers John, Jordi and Josep Roca toppled into second place last year to be replaced by Rene Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen.
Noma is now the third best restaurant in the world, with Italian Osteria Francescana in Modena climbing one place to nab the coveted second spot.
Peru featured in the top ten for the first time this year, as Lima’s Central, lead by chef Virgilo Martinez was listed in fourth on the prestigious list.
New York’s Eleven Madison Park, Mugaritz in Spain’s San Sebastian and Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner in London all featured in the list’s top ten, announced in London’s Guildhall.
LONDON – Japan-based restaurants rose in the ranks of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, which was announced Monday evening in London.
Restaurant Narisawa, overseen by chef Yorihisa Narisawa in Tokyo’s Minami-Aoyama district, placed eighth on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, up from last year’s 14th place, while Nihonryori RyuGin, a restaurant located in Roppongi and helmed by Seiji Yamamoto, was ranked 29th, up from 33rd.
Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant that has been voted best in the world four of the past five years and which operated a pop-up outlet in Tokyo for a month earlier this year, was knocked from first to third place slot by Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca.
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Cible habituelle des critiques, le hit-parade culinaire ne déroge pas à la règle en 2015. Cette fois, une pétition circulant sur Internet pointe “un classement opaque, sexiste et complaisant”.
Sans le 50 Best, les noms de l’Espagnol Ferran Adrià (chef du restaurant El Bulli) ou du Danois René Redzepi (à la tête du Noma) n’auraient sans doute jamais effleuré les oreilles du grand public. En treize ans, ce classement des « meilleures tables du monde », lancé en 2002 par le magazine anglais Restaurant, a étendu son influence au point de devenir, face à un Michelin déclinant, le nouveau sésame de la reconnaissance gastronomique et médiatique au niveau planétaire. Celui qui fait la pluie et le beau temps dans le carnet de réservation des chefs en leur offrant une visibilité inédite et une notoriété sans frontières….