The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 2015: The New Order and on to  New York in 2016

Over the last few days Instagram, Twitter, and other social media forums have been inundating the public with images and chatter of big name chefs in London. The media was abuzz  with predictions and projections of the new order in the culinary world. The UK based Restaurant Magazine that puts forth the 50 Best Restaurants of the World list backed by big name sponsors like Aqua Panna, San Pellegrino, Veuve Clicquot, etc. has come a long way in the past fourteen years. Initially focusing on local and small eateries, the list developed in an attempt to boost sales of the troubled magazine. The night before the red carpet gala tonight, the Chef’s Feast hosted at Fera at Claridges, had the nominated top chefs feasting on British chef Sam Rogan’s 55 day dry-aged pork, abalone mushrooms, Jersey Royales, and nasturtiums amongst other delectable foods. The media did its bit and all food related publications were on the bandwagon duplicating press releases, interviews with out of town chefs, and so-called qualified observers predicting the outcome. For the first time the annual awards event at London’s Guildhall took place in June instead of the customary April schedule, perhaps hoping for better weather. On an overcast cool, relatively dry Monday evening the invitees, chefs, and their minders or spouses in some cases the teams awaited the results of this list which has become a phenomenon and transformed chefs into instant rock stars.

This year the 50-100 list of restaurants was released a few days ago (unusual for the organizers), where many previously listed names on the Top 50 tier had dropped down from this upper tier. Despite all the predictions, and some exceptions of those seemingly holding a permanent status in the top ten, it’s anybody’s game and big upsets are the norm. This year has been marked by numerous controversies regarding the selection process, but it was still the biggest party in town and all done with until the Asian and Latin American versions come around later in the year.

Some invitees receiving previously announced special awards come simply to enjoy the bash such as Daniel Boloud received The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award, Helen Darroze who received the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef for 2015 ostensibly giving all women chefs their due and acknowledgement of their existence. Alinea, the winner of the People’s Poll Award, received the maximum votes from its fans.

As expected the top three were reshuffled with Noma dropping to third and Osteria Fransescana taking the second spot leaving the first once again to El Celler De Can Roca. Virgillio Martinez who first entered the list at # 50 in 2013 and in 2014 was at number fifteen took the 4th place pushing down Eleven Madison Park to the fifth and Mugaritz to the sixth. Arzak that had held the 8th spot for years dropped to the 17 th place. Most shockingly Grant Achatz Alinea dropped to the 26 th place down from the ninth last year. Alex Atala’s D.O.M. slipped to the 9th spot and Narisawa entered the top ten at the 9th spot. Gaggan which was declared the top restaurant in Asia jumped into the 10th place. Mauro Colegreco kept his 11th ranking with his mentor  Alain Passard and his l’ Arpege at the 12th, previously the ranking for Vendome in Germany that dropped straight down to the 30th spot . Asador Extebarri which was the highest climber and has ‘ suddenly’ been discovered by panelists and foodiesin the last few years was a surprise and maybe 13th is its lucky number as it rose higher in the rankings over other esteemed Basque restaurants like Arzak, Azurmendi and Martin Berasetgui. In light of all the criticism last year about the list not being representative on a global level White Rabbit from Moscow, Test Kitchen in Capetown Ultra Violet in Shanghai are in the top 50 this year. As the awards are moving to New York next year considering how the U.S. Did not fare so well in the list this year it will be interesting to see what the reaction will be by restauranteurs, chefs and the media. A shakeup was promised and boy did it happen.

The update on the new 2015 rankings are as follows:

The Top 10

  1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  3. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. Central, Lima, Peru
  5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
  6. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
  7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
  8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  9. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand

11-40

  1. Mirazur, Menton, France
  2. L’Arpège, Paris, France
  3. Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
  4. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
  5. Restaurant Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  6. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  7. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
  8. Le Bernadin, New York City, United States
  9. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  10. The Ledbury, London, UK
  11. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
  12. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
  13. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  14. Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
  15. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
  16. Alinea, Chicago, United States
  17. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Itlay
  18. The Test Kitchen, Capetown, South Africa
  19. Nihon Ryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
  20. Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  21. Restaurant Frantz é n, Stockholm, Sweden
  22. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
  23. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
  24. La Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  25. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  26. L’Astrance, Paris, France
  27. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
  28. Amber, Hong Kong, China
  29. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
  30. Per Se, New York City, United States
  31. Maní, Sao Paolo, Brazil
  32. (tie) Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  33. (tie) Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
  34. Maido, Lima, Peru
  35. Relæ, Copenhagen, Denmark
  36. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
  37. Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
  38. Schloss Schauenstein, Furnstenau, Switzerland
  39. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown, United States
  40. The French Laundry, Napa, United States

World’s Best Pastry Chef 2015: Albert Adria

One to Watch Award 2015: Sepia, Sydney, Australia

Chef’s Choice Award 2015: Daniel Humm

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