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. 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!!