Winner of World's 50 Best Restaurants is announced

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Speculation has certainly been rife over who is to be crowned this year's winner of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. The UK's Dinner by Heston and Brett Graham's The Ledbury have been in the mix to knock Spain’s Celler de Can Roca off the top spot as well as Brazil; who after announcing Helena Rizzo, of Mani in São Paulo, as the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef are eager to see whether their fellow Sao Paulo restaurant D.O.M. can claim the title.

But after a long wait we can now reveal the winner of this prestigious award is...René Redzepi's noma. 

Danish restaurant Noma has regained its title after nine years on the list and three consecutive wins in 2010, 2011 and 2012, noma celebrates once again as it returns to the coveted No.1 position. The results were announced at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, in London - an event widely considered to be the highlight of the global gastronomic calendar. Forerunners The Ledbury came in at number 10 and D.O.M came in at number seven and climbing two places it's back to the UK with Heston's Dinner at number five. Spain has seven restaurants on the list, three of which are in the top ten. Mugaritz is now at No.6, with fellow San Sebastian establishment Arzak remaining at No.8. New entry Azurmendi from Larrabetzu, near Bilbao, debuts at No.26 and also picks up the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Zacapa. Italy has three restaurants on the list with Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana remaining at No.3 for the second year running. And as previously mentioned those 10th and 5th positions make it two UK restaurants within the top ten for the very first time. The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry. The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member can cast seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of the academy member’s own region.

Well done to noma and also to Blumenthal and Graham for flying that British restaurant flag.

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Editor 28th April 2014

Winner of World's 50 Best Restaurants is announced