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The World´s 50 Best Restaurants
December 1, 2008, 3:56 pm
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Restaurant Magazine and San Pellegrino recently announced their choices for the world´s top 50 restaurants.  Restaurant magazine was launched in London in 2001, in response to the phenomenal increase in interest in the industry in the UK. Under the strapline ‘For the professional and the passionate’, it quickly established itself as THE magazine for the quality end of the restaurant business, serving everybody from kitchen porter to head chef, from waiter to restaurant manager, as well as the owners, suppliers and service companies operating within the industry.

This year they have collaborated with several highly respected partners to compile their list of the world´s best including San Pellegrino, Nespresso, Laurent Perrier, American Express, and Elextrolux.

The decision is made from an Academy of hospitality professionals from around the world.  There is no list of nominees; each member of our international voting panel votes for their personal choice of five restaurants. They may vote for up to two restaurants in their own region, the remaining votes must be cast outside their home region. Nobody is allowed to vote for their own restaurant and voters must have eaten in the restaurants they nominate within the past 18 months.

The top 10 restaurants this year are as follows:

  1. El Bulli, Spain
  2. The Fat Duck, United Kingdom
  3. Pierre Gagnaire, France
  4. Mugaritz, Spain
  5. The French Laundry, USA
  6. Per Se, USA
  7. Bras, France
  8. Arzak, Spain
  9. Tetsuya´s, Australia
  10. Noma, Denmark

The rest of the list can be seen here.


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