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World's 50 best restaurants 2012: Noma scoops the crown for the third year running


René Redzepi and his team raised the roof at the 10th anniversary of the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards, which took place on Monday night at London's Guildhall. Noma, in Copenhagen, has been crowned the world's best place to eat for the third consecutive year. In at no. 2 is El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona near the Mediterranean coast in Spain.


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Heston Blumenthal's Dinner is this year's highest new entry, going straight in at no. 9 after its opening last February. Based in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near Hyde Park, the restaurant specialises in "historic British gastronomy". Three UK restaurants have made it into the top 50. The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, also Heston's, came in as the thirteenth best restaurant in the world.  Spain has the highest concentration of restaurants in the top 10, claiming 5 restaurants on the list including Arzak at no. 8, whose joint Head Chef Elena Arzak was awarded the Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef award. France boasts 5 restaurants in the top 20, with La Grenouillère receiving the 'One To Watch' accolade. Organised by Restaurant magazine, The World's 50 Best Restaurants list is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 800 international restaurant industry experts. What constitutes "best" is left to the judgment of those trusted and well-travelled gourmets.

Top 10 of the world's 50 best restaurants 

  • 1. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  • 3. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
  • 4. D.O.M., São Paolo, Brazil
  • 5. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  • 6. Per Se, New York, US
  • 7. Alinea, Chicago, US
  • 8. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
  • 9. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
  • 10. Eleven Madison Park, New York, US See the full list of the world's 50 best restaurants
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