At the annual ceremony in London to announce the winners, Noma in Copenhagen, which was No. 2 on last year’s list, rose to No. 1, regaining the perch it held from 2010 to 2012. Last year’s victor, El Celler de Can Roca, in Catalonia, Spain, dropped to No. 2.
Noma’s top honor in the prestigious San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards — viewed as the Oscars of fine dining — was the fourth win for minimalist Danish pioneer of foraged menus.
Chefs acknowledge that a numerical ranking of restaurants in the world is a flawed notion. They are judged by a long list of fellow chefs, food critics, and frequent diners who are well known to the world and each other, making objectivity and anonymity impossible. The algorithm that produces the rankings remains obscure.
Here are the 5 Top Restaurants:
1. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
4. Eleven Madison Park, New York
5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London