Denmark’s top gourmet restaurant Noma has reclaimed its position at the zenith of gourmet eating after being voted the best restaurant in the world by the British restaurant publication Restaurant Magazine at a ceremony in London last night.
Noma, spearheaded by head chef Rene Redzepi, had been voted the best restaurant in the world for three straight years from 2010-2012 before being dethroned by Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca last year.
“The title shows that there is a market for the massive effort we continuously give on a daily basis,” Peter Kreiner, the head of Noma, told the Ritzau news agency. “And first place conveys that there is someone that appreciates that.”
El Celler de Can Roca finished second in the rankings while Osteria Francesca (Italy), Eleven Madison Park (US) and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (UK) rounded up the top five. Another Danish restaurant, Geranium, was ranked 42nd while Relae finished just outside the top 50 in 53rd spot.
Around 900 judges – consisting of journalists, chefs, and restaurant owners to mention a few – were involved in picking the restaurants for the prestigious list.