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APRIL 30, 2010 11:54AM

Winner: The Best Restaurant on Earth (Oh No!)

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In the 2004 film “Spanglish,” Adam Sandler portrays a talented, young chef who learns that a New York Times food critic will be visiting his restaurant – and goes into a full-fledged anxiety attack as to how many ‘stars’ would be just the right amount.


He decides on 3  1/4 stars – enough to make the point of excellence – but still humble enough to retain the local, friendly nature of his restaurant.

“Please, not four stars, not four stars,” he pleads to the gods. “That will change everything.” 

In the article that is published, the food critic awards him his dreaded four stars – and the additional title of ‘best chef in America.’  

Well, imagine being a talented young chef whose eatery was just named the #1 restaurant in the world.  

That would be this guy:




Chef René Redzepi.


S. Pellegrino's annual "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list was released in London on Monday. It is the ninth edition of the much talked-about catalog discerning the best in planetary culinary excellence.


The No. 1 spot went to Chef Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, pictured here.




According to S.Pellegrino, "great restaurants are a blend of sophisticated cooking, imaginative ideas and respect for ingredients. Noma is more than this. It’s an experience that reminds you why some restaurants deserve to be revered, and why we created this list."

Although the Top 50 list is often a hotly contested one, the Guardian newspaper's restaurant critic Jay Rayner (better known to American foodies as a judge on "Top Chef Masters") agrees with the judges' decision.

Have things changed for Noma since the list was announced?

Let’s put it this way. Their online reservations system is now booked – solid – for the next seven years. 

Here are the 10 restaurants that topped the list in 2010:

1.   Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)

2.   El Bulli (Roses, Spain)

3.   The Fat Duck (Bray, England)

4.   El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)

5.   Mugaritz (Errenteria, Spain)6.   Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)

7.   Alinea (Chicago, Illinois)

8.   Daniel (New York)

9.   Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain)

10. Per Se (New York)


For the complete list, visit The Word's 50 Best.


You can visit Noma here.


Bon Appetit.





Photos: Bing images, CNN.com, Noma restaurant website


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Ahhhh...yes, I remember that part of Spanglish. Great reminder. Thanks for letting me know so I can plan my trip to Denmark 8 years out. ;)
Fantastic! You always pull things together so beautifully

Do you remember Bernard Loiseau? He committed suicide a few years ago when Gault Millau downgraded his restaurant's rating and rumors were flying that Michelin would be doing the same. In fact he retained his 3 stars posthumously.
That's too funny--booked for 7 years! This post got me hungry for good food--too bad it will probably be pizza for my family tonight.
Interesting piece. The problem with critics is that one is almost forced to live up to - or live down - whatever rating one gets. I remember going to some restaurant years ago that had been highly rated and coming away disappointed; everything was good, but I was expecting more, based on the rating. Then there was one of my favorite restaurants that had gotten so-so ratings; I continued being a loyal customer because I always liked the place, but they were seeing business drop. And regretfully, I started thinking of them as going downhill as well. These days, I am my own critic.
Amy - good for you - I've become the same way with films too: my own critic.

BTW, I can't believe that the GranCaffe degli Artisti no longer exists -- and Chumley's is closed! That's like, half my youth. I guess I have had a few attachments in life... Need to let go... :)
Carole - Yes I know, end of an era. A lot of them are gone. Enjoy what's still there is, but it's not the same ... well, maybe they're the same, but I'm not! :)
I also ate at the "The Fat Duck" in Englad I have to admit that they have good food and I was impressed by their services. Good restaurant. Asigurari medicale

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