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World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013 List From San Pellegrino

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The winners.
The winners.
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The World's 50 Best Restaurants list has been announced, and the big news is of course that Noma's three year reign as the number one restaurant in the world has come to an end. That title now goes to El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Noma holds tight at second, while third goes to Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana. For those of you playing along at home, the list that leaked earlier today was correct.

The United States went down from eight entries to six this year, losing Ssam Bar (#37 last year; David Chang isn't even in London) and Manresa (#48 last year). However, Eleven Madison Park made major strides as the highest-ranked US restaurant, coming in at number five (up from 10 last year).

World's 50 Best also announced they'll be doing Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants in September in Lima; more details on that can be found in a press release below. See 2012's winners here.

50_el_celler_de_can_roca.jpg1. El Celler de Can Roca (website)
Location: Girona, Catalonia, Spain.
Chef: Joan Roca
Rank Last Year: 2
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 1986
Fun Fact: The restaurant is the work of the three Roca brothers. Joan is the head chef, his little brother Joseph is the sommelier, and the youngest of the brothers, Jordi is the pastry chef. The Rocas are coming out with a brand spanking new cookbook this year, and, oh yes, this is the first year their restaurant has taken that coveted number one slot.
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50noma.jpg2. Noma (website)
Location: Copenhagen
Chef: René Redzepi
Rank Last Year: 1
Michelin Star Rating: Two
Year Established: 2004
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50francescana_Esterno.jpg 3. Osteria Francescana (website)
Location: Modena, Italy
Chef: Massimo Bottura
Rank Last Year: 5
Michelin Stars: Three
Year Established: 1995
· All Massimo Bottura Coverage on Eater [-E-]

50murgartiz.jpg 4. Mugaritz (website)
Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Chef: Andoni Aduriz
Rank Last Year: 3
Michelin Star Rating: Two
Year Established: 1998
Fun Fact: When you sit down at Mugaritz, you have to choose between two experiences: "Submit Yourself" and "Rebel."
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eleven-madison-worlds-50.jpg5. Eleven Madison Park (website)
Location: New York City,
Chef: Daniel Humm
Rank Last Year: 10
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 1998
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dom-175.jpg6. D.O.M. (website)
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Chef: Alex Atala
Rank Last Year: 4
Michelin Star Rating: N/A
Year Established: 1999
Fun Fact: Atala used to be a DJ.
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dinner-heston-blumenthal-260.jpg7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (website)
Location: London
Chef: Heston Blumenthal
Rank Last Year: 9
Michelin Star Rating: One
Year Established: 2011
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50Arzak.jpg8. Arzak (website)
Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Chef: Juan Mari Arzak
Rank Last Year: 8
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 1897
Fun Fact: Arzak's daughter Elena, who also cooks at Arzak, won the S. Pellegrino Best Female Chef award for 2012.
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steirereck.jpg9. Steirereck Restaurant
Location: Vienna, Austria
Chef: Heinz Reitbauer
Rank Last Year: 11
Michelin Star Rating: Two
Year Established: 1970
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vendome.jpg10. Vendôme
Location: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Chef: Joachim Wissler
Rank Last Year: 23
Michelin Star Rating: Three
Year Established: 2000
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11. Per Se, New York City, USA
12. Frantzén/Lindeberg, Stockholm, Sweden
13. The Ledbury, London, UK
14. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
15. Alinea, Chicago, USA
16. L'Arpège, Paris, France
17. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
18. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
19. Le Bernardin, New York City, USA
20. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
21. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
22. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
23. L'Astrance, Paris, France
24. L'Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon, Paris, France
25. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
26. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
27. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
28. Mirazur, Menton, France
29. Daniel, New York City, USA
30. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
31. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
32. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
33. The Fat Duck, Bray, UK
34. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
35. Oud Sluis, Sluis, Netherlands
36. Amber, Hong Kong, China
37. Vila Joya, Albufeira, Portugal
38. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
39. 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
40. Combal.Zero, Rivoli, Italy
41. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italia
42. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
43. Mr & Mrs Bund, Shanghai, China
44. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
45. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
46. Mani, São Paulo, Brasil
47. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
48. Quay, Sydney, Australia
49. Septime, Paris, France
50. Central, Lima, Perú

Sustainable Restaurant Reward: Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
World's Best Female Chef: Nadia Santini
One to Watch Restaurant: The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alain Ducasse
Highest New Entry: Attica, Melbourne, Australia
Best Restaurant in Asia: Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
Chef's Choice Award: Alinea, Chicago, USA
Highest Climber: Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
Best Restaurant in South America: D.O.M., Sao Paolo, Brazil


The inaugural awards ceremony to celebrate Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by Cusqueña, will be held on 4th September 2013 in Lima, Peru.

Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants will recognise the region's gastronomic diversity and quality, in line with growing global awareness and culinary trends. Organised by William Reed Business Media, the same people behind the World's 50 Best Restaurants, the awards represent an annual review and convergence of opinion from restaurant industry experts. It is recognised globally as the most trusted arbiter and authority on global dining.

Drawing inspiration from the worldwide interest in The World's 50 Best Restaurants and Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants will provide a credible and trusted list that is dedicated to the restaurant industry in Latin America and voted for by peers and luminaries from the culinary profession within region.

William Drew, spokesperson for William Reed Business Media, said of the new list:

"Following the success of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, our first regional list and awards in Singapore in February this year, we are excited to announce the date of the first list and awards ceremony for Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants.

"This launch champions the significant development and growth of the gastronomic industry across Latin America and provides diners across the globe with local insight and recommendations into this diverse and developing culinary region.

"Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants will celebrate the gastronomic delights of the continent. We have no doubt that the list will be a must-reference guide for the increasing number of loyal international followers of The World's 50 Best Restaurants programme."

Julian Coulter, Vice President of Cervecerías Peruanas Backus, SABMILLER Peru:

"Cusqueña is delighted to be lead sponsor of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants. The 50 Best Restaurants speak to sheer excellence in its craft and the pursuit of success, values that are consistent with the essence of Cusqueña. Cusqueña's fine range of premium beers offer a perfect accompaniment to this culinary expertise and we are therefore extremely proud of our association with Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants.

Claudia Cornejo, Vice Minister of Tourism of Peru, said:

"It is an honour and a great privilege for Peru to host the first edition of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants. Our biodiversity makes our region rich in produce and flavour, and we'll be delighted to help you discover it".

How Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants List is compiled:

Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants (and the event hosted to celebrate its inaugural unveiling) is organised and compiled by Restaurant magazine, part of William Reed Business Media. None of the employees of any of the sponsors associated with the awards, including the main sponsor, votes or has any influence over the results.

The list is created from Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 250 leaders in the restaurant industry across Latin America, each selected for their expert opinion of Latin America's restaurant scene.

The Academy is divided into four separate regions: Mexico & Central America, South America (North), South America (South), and Brazil. The divisions are designed to represent the Latin American restaurant scene as fairly as possible at the current time.

Each region has its own panel of 63 members including a chairperson to head it up. The panel is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded 'foodies'. Each panellist has seven votes. Of the seven votes, at least three must be used to recognise restaurants outside of their home country.

Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants Individual Awards Categories:

• The Cusqueña Best Restaurant in Latin America

• Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Diners Club International®

• The Veuve Clicquot Latin America's Best Female Chef Award

• Chefs' Choice Award sponsored by Telefonica

• One to Watch Award sponsored by BBVA

• Individual country awards

Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants Results:

The results of the list will be published online as they are announced to the assembled chefs and academy members on 4th September 2013 in Lima, Peru at the first Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants awards.

The awards will be published live at

· The World's 50 Best Restaurants 51-100 [50 Best]
· San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012 [-E-]
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