and the World's 50 Best Restaurants are...

April 19, 2011

At an awards ceremony held in London's Guildhall on Monday, Restaurant Magazine and S. Pellegrino's 10th annual "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list was announced - and it looks like Danish cuisine reigned supreme as Noma was named best restaurant in the world for the second year in a row.

As a result of last year’s top ranking, the Copenhagen, Denmark spot launched Chef Rene Redzepi’s Nordic cuisine into the international culinary spotlight where more than 100,000 requests for a table were received just one day after the 2010 list was released. In addition to this year’s top honor, Denmark also beat out 23 other countries to take home gold in the 2011 Bocuse d'Or cooking competition - often referred to as the "Culinary Olympics."

Back from across the pond, six of the 50 restaurants crowned this year are American. Chicago’s own Alinea moved up one slot to number 6, and was also named best restaurant in North America. The remaining hail from New York City - Daniel dropped to number 11 from number 8; Per Se held steady at number 10; Le Bernardin moved to number 18 dropping from number 15; Momofuku Ssäm Bar dropped to number 40 from number 26, and Eleven Madison Park moved up 26 spots from 2010 to land at number 24.

The illustrious and oft-debated list is compiled by The World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy - an 837-member panel of the globe's most venerated chefs, food critics, restaurateurs, gourmands and other influential industry experts.

Click here for a complete list of the 2011 “World’s 50 Best Restaurants.”