San Pellegrino | The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2011


A few weeks ago San Pellegrino sponsored the annual "50 Best Restaurants" awards. Noma of Rene Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark took first prize. I wanted to take the opportunity to gloat of the success that Spain has had this year. Perhaps, I am biased, or perhaps the judges were, but there is no doubt that the below recipients are excellent chefs, restaurants, teams and ambassadors for the culinary arts.

Top 50 winners
2. El Celler de Can Roca  Chefs: The Roca Brothers (Joan, Jordi & Josep) Girona, Cataluña, Spain
3. Mugaritz  Chef: Andoni Luis Aduriz  Guipuzcoa, País Vasco, Spain
8. Arzak  Chef: Juan Mari Arzak  San Sebastian, País Vasco, Spain
29. Martin Berasategui  Chef: Martin Berasategui   San Sebastian, País Vasco, Spain
50. Asador Extebarri  Chef: Victor Arguinzoniz  Bizkaia, Spain (another Basque entry!)

51-100
51. Quique Dacosta  Chef Quique Dacosta  Denia, Valencia, Spain
93. Sant Pau  Chef: Carme Ruscalleda   Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
94. Akelare   Chef: Pedro Subijana  San Sebastian, País Vasco, Spain

I should also note that Spanish chef Jose Andres made the list this year, as well as being nominated in the upcoming James Beard awards for "Outstanding Chef".
85. The Bazaar by Jose Andres  Beverly Hills, CA

A shocker perhaps is the M.I.A status of Ferran Adria from the award's list. He has had his fair share of the media, including his announcement that he will close El Bulli- which in previous years had captured the prestigious recognition of Best Restaurant in the World. I have a reservation in late June for his newest installment in Barcelona (joined by his brother Albert) Tickets, and will give a full report afterwards.

If you can manage to get a table at any of these, I'm sure you'll have a once in a lifetime experience, and of course, be sure to invite me. Happy Dining!!

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