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El Celler de Can Roca Named 2015 Best Restaurant in the World on S.Pellegrino's Annual List

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El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, with head chef Joan Roca and his brothers, Josep and Jordi, at the helm, took home top honors at the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony, known in some circles as the “Oscars of Fine Dining,” knocking out multiple-time winner René Redzepi’s Noma (which came in at No. The second spot went to Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. Fourth and fith places, after Noma, went to Central in Lima, Peru, and New York’s Eleven Madison Park. Daniel Boulud won the Lifetime Achievement award, even though his signature restaurant, Daniel, was knocked out of the top 50 this year, dropping to No. 80 on the list.

Other notables include Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry at No. 50; S.Pellegrino newcomer Blue Hill at Stone Barns, from executive chef Dan Barber, at No. 49; Keller’s Per Se at No. 40; Grant Achatz’s Alinea at No. 26, dropping from the number 9 spot; and Le Bernardin at No. 18. Star Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, whose Cosme has been one of the big New York City restaurant hits of recent months, scored the No. 16 slot for his Pujol in Mexico City. The Chef’s Choice Award went to Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park.

Established in 2002, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, organized by William Reed Business Media and sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, is a relative newcomer to the world of culinary accolades (Michelin stars were first awarded to restaurants nearly a century ago), and was first founded by the trade publication Restaurant Magazine. While it is considered by many international culinary professionals to be one of the most influential restaurant rankings, and was described by The New York Times as “the go-to food guide for globe-trotting gastronomes,” there has recently been a spate of criticism of the way the voting is conducted and the fact that female chefs are woefully underrepresented in the rankings.

Since the beginning, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony has always been held in London (and for many years at Guildhall in the City of London), but next year the awards will move to New York City. This represents a second big recent geographic shift for major culinary awards: This year, Chicago hosted the James Beard awards for the first time.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants from both the 2014 and 2015 rankings are all participating in a charity auction of exclusive meals at each of these establishments. Funds raised at the auction, which launched this week, will go to Farm Africa, a charity working to end hunger in eastern Africa.

The final list is on the next page.

El Celler de Can Roca: 30 years dedicated to haute cuisine

You can’t reach the top without effort, hard work, and passion. And these are precisely the values that have been championed by the team at El Celler de Can Roca for the last 30 years. Ever since Joan and Josep Roca opened their own restaurant alongside their parents’ eatery in August 1986, they have not ceased in their pursuit of excellence and their total commitment to what they do: delivering a unique experience to everyone who takes a seat at one of their tables.

Every story has a beginning

Joan Roca and his brother Josep, when they were 22 and 20 respectively, decided to open a restaurant in the premises adjoining their parents’ establishment, Can Roca, which today continues to be a reference in the working-class neighborhood of Taialà, in Girona. “Back then, we were very daring, brave and spontaneous”, remembers Joan.

Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca with iaia Angeleta at Can Roca, their parents' restaurant in which they have grown up

Whole evenings passed without a single diner, during which they played table football on a table that can still be seen in the restaurant. After spending a period at the restaurant Can Fabes –run by the late Santi Santamaría– and Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli, in 1989 the eldest Roca created his carpaccio of pork trotters with wild boletus mushrooms, a dish that marked a turning point in the cuisine of El Celler de Can Roca.

“Back then, we were very daring, brave and spontaneous” — Joan Roca

In the early 1990s, Joan spent some time in France where he became interested in the culinary technique of vacuum cooking, in which he continues to work today.

In 1995, the restaurant, headed by Joan and Josep Roca, saw all its hard work rewarded when it won its first Michelin star.

Jordi Roca joins the family business

It was not until the youngest Roca brother went to work as an assistant to Damian Allsop in 1997 that he discovered his true passion in the world of desserts. “That was where I found my creative vocation”, says Jordi.

Since then, he has been the one responsible for desserts and sweets at El Celler de Can Roca, earning the respect of all his colleagues in the profession and the admiration of everyone who enjoys a good dessert.

Jordi Roca took more time than his brothers to find out his passion for desserts - Gaby Herbstein

Then came more Michelin stars…

In 2002, El Celler de Can Roca won its second Michelin star and consolidated its reputation as a benchmark for avant-garde cuisine. The three brothers proved that their complementary style worked, and worked well: Joan, in the world of savory dishes Josep, in the liquid world and Jordi Roca, in desserts.

“The team is everything without them we wouldn’t get anywhere”

In 2007, they decided the time had come to separate their restaurant from that of their parents, and moved to Can Sunyer. Two years later came the third Michelin star. The key to their success probably resides in the values they apply in their everyday routine: dedication, hard work, passion, hospitality and generosity. The Roca brothers always say that El Celler de Can Roca is much more than Joan, Josep and Jordi: “Without the team we wouldn’t get anywhere, and any success we may have had is thanks to them”, they constantly repeat.

In 2009, El Celler de Can Roca, run by the Roca brothers, received the third Michelin star

El Celler de Can Roca, the best restaurant in the world

Just when it might have seemed that there was little left for the Roca brothers to achieve, in 2013 the prestigious British publication Restaurant Magazine placed El Celler de Can Roca at the top of its world ranking, considered the Oscars of the gastronomic world.

In 2013, El Celler de Can Roca was named World's Best Restaurant by the prestigious British publication Restaurant Magazine

At the end of that year, BBVA and El Celler de Can Roca joined forces, united by their shared values –namely, responsibility, innovation, commitment, global reach, leadership and team spirit.

Criticism over voting process

The awards, now in their 14th edition, have become a coveted honour for high-end restaurants around the world, rivalling the longstanding Michelin guides.

But this year's ceremony arrived amid recent criticism over its voting process.

The list, organized by trade publication Restaurant magazine since 2002, is based on the personal experiences of more than 1,000 chefs, restaurateurs and food experts, rather than according to a pre-determined criteria.

A French group called Occupy 50 Best launched a petition in protest, accusing organizers of sexism, bias and a lack of transparency in the judging system.

Ahead of the countdown, Group Editor William Drew said that organizers had brought in consultancy firm Deloitte this year as an independent adjudicator to oversee the voting process.

It was also announced that in 2016, the awards will be held in New York City, the first time it will be staged outside of Britain.

Relevance, opportunity and diversity: why we are changing The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Innovation. Discovery. Creativity. Brilliant memories. These are just some of the elements that experience-hungry diners crave. Across the world, many are fortunate enough to indulge their combined passions for travel and gastronomy and they frequently use The World’s 50 Best Restaurants as a trusted guide to the ultimate global dining destinations.

To ensure The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and awards retain their relevance and excitement, we must evolve. Just as with the restaurants themselves, stagnation is the enemy. In 2019 and beyond, the 50 Best organisation needs not only to champion excellence, but also to promote humanity, inclusivity and opportunity.

So we are making some changes. First, the Academy of experts that makes up our voting panel – 1,040 individuals spread across the globe, whose choices ultimately shape the annual list – is now evenly balanced in gender terms. That means we have over 500 female voters, and 50 Best is committed to a policy of gender parity through its activities. Voters are also encouraged to look beyond the list itself in their travels, and will once again be asked to take issues of representation and reputation into consideration in their choices.

Second, we are refreshing our voting rules with the creation a new programme called ‘Best of the Best’. All restaurants that have topped the annual poll of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, over its 17-year history will now ascend into this group. They will be feted as all-time greats, and it also means that they will no longer be eligible for the annual ranking.

“As the world of food and restaurants continues to progress, it’s exciting to see 50 Best evolve along with it,” says Daniel Humm, chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park, which was crowned No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017. “With these changes, we’ll see a broader field of restaurants and chefs step onto the international stage and it’s humbling to be able to contribute to that transformation. Food is all about community and expanding that will only strengthen our impact.”

The restaurants that will be promoted to the Best of the Best group from June 2019 include the now-closed el Bulli, The French Laundry, The Fat Duck, El Celler de Can Roca, Eleven Madison Park, current No.1 Osteria Francescana and the original Noma. The new incarnation of Noma, opened in February 2018 with a new concept, location and structure, will this year be eligible for the first time.

Third, 50 Best will launch a new platform later in 2019, mapping the world with the best dining and drinking destinations that have been nominated by the 50 Best voters, inspiring and shaping gourmets’ and cocktail aficionados’ travels and discoveries. More details on this initiative will follow in the coming months.

Ultimately, we believe these changes offer more brilliant restaurants, and the talent behind them, the chance to step on to the global gastronomic stage. We believe this will result in a more diverse and inclusive list in the long-term. At the same time, the Best of the Best initiative creates a platform for the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world to share their incredible knowledge and passion, and use their status for positive change.

Joan Roca, head chef and co-owner of the legendary El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, which was named The World’s Best Restaurant in 2013 and 2015, says: “With this new formula, a larger number of restaurants will be able to live the dream that we achieved. And this dream is not over. The ‘Best of the Best’ is a new paradigm that strengthens and reflects the nature of our profession, which is characterised by generosity, community and humanity. A human revolution is here, aided by this 50 Best initiative.”

We are excited to see what the future holds for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2019 and beyond.

Ahead of the next edition of The World's 50 Best Restaurants in Singapore, catch up on the highlights from the 2018 festivities in the Basque Country:

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Denmark's Noma reclaims world's best restaurant title

Denmark's Noma restaurant on Monday reclaimed the title of world's best restaurant, becoming a four-time winner having lost the title last year to Spain's El Celler de Can Roca.

The two Michelin star restaurant in Copenhagen, which serves Nordic specialities in a quayside warehouse, topped the World's 50 Best Restaurants list compiled by 900 international experts for Britain's Restaurant magazine.

The restaurant's head chef Rene Redzepi paid tribute to his staff, calling them his "inspiration", as he collected the coveted prize.

"I know I'm not always the easiest person to be around," he told guests at London's Guildhall.

"I want to tell you in front of everyone, you guys are my dream team and inspiration. The patience and dedication that you give year in and year out is more than I could have ever hoped for.

"We were the geeks, they gave us funny names. But that didn't bother us, it fueled us and look where we are now several years later!"

Despite winning the award for the fourth time, the chef insisted there was more to come.

"We're not at the finish line," he said. "There are still so many discoveries out there, so many recipes to be written."

There were murmurs in the audience when El Celler de Can Roca was named only at number two, losing the crown it seized from Noma for the first time last year.

The restaurant in Girona, run by three brothers and known for its dishes based on perfumes, had previously spent two years as runner-up.

The brothers spoke before the ceremony, revealing that last year's victory had sparked a fresh wave of creativity.

"It's been a magical year, full of projects, emotion, sharing and dreams becoming reality," eldest brother Joan Roca told a press conference.

Consolation for the culinary siblings came when Jordi was named Best Pastry Chef in the World.

Foraging restaurant Noma suffered last year after it was forced to apologise for a bout of food poisoning that left 63 customers suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea over a five-day period.

The restaurant, which gets its name from two Danish words "nordisk" (Nordic) and "mad" (food), serves up local fare such as moss, sea urchins and oysters, and is celebrated for its Hen and Eggs dish -- quail eggs which are pickled and smoked.

last month, Noma announced plans to relocate to Japan for two months in 2015.

Since the awards were established in 2002 only five restaurants have held the title: Spain's El Bulli, in 2002 and from 2006-2009 California's French Laundry in 2003 and 2004 Britain's Fat Duck in 2005 Noma from 2010 to 2012, and El Celler de Can Roca last year.

Redzepi has formerly worked at The French Laundry, El Bulli and The Fat Duck.

Spain again dominated this year's top 10 with Mugaritz in San Sebastian at number six, and Arzak, also in San Sebastian, at number eight.

Italy's Osteria Francescana was in third place, New York's Eleven Madison Park in fourth, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London fifth and D.O.M. in Sao Paulo seventh.

London's The Ledbury climbed three places to take 10th spot, while Chicago's Alinea surged six places to 9th.

Seven American restaurants made the top 50, one more than last year, while Gaggan, a modernist Indian restaurant in Bangkok was the highest new entry at number 17.

Lima's Central was the highest climber, moving from 50th place last year to 15th.

Although only 12 years old, the award is beginning to rival the Michelin Guide in influence, helped by its focus on previously unexplored corners of the culinary world.

Although 29 of the awards still went to restaurants in the traditional gastronomic powerhouse of Europe, there were no French restaurants in the top 10, although they did make up ten percent of the top 50.

Seven of the top 50 restaurants were found in Asia, five in Latin America and one in Africa.

The world's top ten restaurants according to British magazine Restaurant.

6. Mugaritz – San Sebastián, Spain

On the pass: Andoni Luis Aduriz

Style of food: “Techno-emotional Spanish”

Holding its place at number six is Mugaritz – the restaurant with no menu. Diners are instead treated to 24 individually tailored courses to suit their tastes on arrival. Its aim is to deliver a sensory and creative experience by doing away with traditional dining norms, offering edible cutlery and “stories” to take diners on a journey through food.

Having worked under the watchful eye of Ferran Adrià at El Bulli, chef-owner Andoni Luis Aduriz is “capable of extraordinary things”, according to this year’s judges.

World's best restaurant of 2015 is.

El Celler de Can Roca, located in Girona, a city in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region, reclaimed its crown as the world's top restaurant, according to the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2015 ranking by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna published late Monday.

Founded by brothers Joan and Josep Roca in 1986, the three Michelin star restaurant - known for combining traditional Catalan ingredients with a variety of cooking methods - last held the title in 2013.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants list, published since 2002, is compiled based on the votes of 1,000 international food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded 'gastronomes' from 27 separate regions around the world.

The top 10 were populated by restaurants from all over the world.

Modena's Osteria Francescana, Copenhagen's Noma, Lima's Central and New York's Eleven Madison Park claimed the second, third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.

San Sebastián's Mugaritz, London's Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Tokyo's Narisawa, São Paulo's D.O.M and Bangkok's Gaggan rounded out the top 10.

This is the first time Asia, which is home to seven of the world's 50 best restaurants, has featured twice in the top 10.

Spain is the country that featured most prominently on the overall list with seven restaurants, followed by the U.S. with six and France with five.

Sydney's Sepia was chosen as this year's "One To Watch". Described as a "creative collaboration" between Sydney chef Martin Been and renowned seafood wholesaler George Costi, the restaurant draws inspiration from Japan and Australia for its contemporary menu.

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New York's Eleven Madison Park named world's best restaurant

New York (AFP) - The contemporary New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park was crowned 2017's winner of the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list, only the second US establishment to win the influential if controversial award.

Run by Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm in a lavish art deco building in the eye-wateringly expensive Flatiron District, the restaurant beat the 2016 winner, Italy's Osteria Francescana, into second place.

Spain's El Celler De Can Roca came third and New York's famed French-born Dominique Ansel -- who created the "cronut" donut and croissant fusion -- won best pastry chef.

The highest-ranking French restaurant, Mirazur -- in the Riviera town of Menton -- came fourth a year after French chefs protested the list's paucity of talent from the country famed for gastronomy.

"I don't know how I feel right now but I'm overjoyed," said an emotional Humm, who was praised for his multi-course fine dining menu celebrating New York's rich history and culinary traditions.

"I'm so proud to be up here," he told the glitzy ceremony in Melbourne, Australia. "When I first started cooking 25 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams would have thought I'd find myself in this position."

Eleven Madison Park, where an eight-to-10 course tasting menu costs $295 per head -- excluding wine and taxes -- is the first American restaurant to head the list since California's French Laundry in 2004.

Humm's restaurant also has three Michelin stars -- considered the most prestigious honor in the world of fine dining -- and came third on the World's 50 list last year.

In a city packed with high-end restaurants, reservations may be relatively obtainable but all bookings are pre-paid.

The restaurant is offering an 11-course menu highlighting some of its most significant dishes -- an experience that lasts roughly three hours -- from April 11 to June 9, when it will close for renovations.

Unusually for New York, where the tipping culture is firmly entrenched, gratuities are not accepted.

The organizers said Eleven Madison Park enhanced the dining experience "with a sense of fun, blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room."

The top 10 was rounded out by restaurants in Peru, Thailand, Austria and Spain.

France, Spain and the United States dominated the top 50 with six restaurants each, while establishments from China, Chile, Hong Kong and Singapore also made the grade.

The acclaimed British chef Heston Blumenthal, whose restaurant The Fat Duck in Berkshire just outside London is a former winner of the top award, received a lifetime achievement gong.

Organizers said it was hard to think of another chef who had more impact on the way the world cooks.

"Many of the world's greatest restaurants use methods derived from Blumenthal and his development team's ground-breaking research," they said.

Blumenthal, who has brought his recipes to millions through TV shows broadcast around the world, said he had no plans to slow down.

"I consider the past 20 years my apprenticeship," he said. "I'm only just getting started."

This year's World's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony marked the first time the British-based list held the awards outside London or New York, as it seeks to make the event more global -- and Australia is quickly earning a reputation as a serious food destination.

Run by the trade magazine Restaurant, the awards began in 2002 and have since become a reference for the world's foodies.

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Last year, a row blew up about the exclusion of top French chefs.

The rankings have also been criticized for honoring few female chefs. Women took just three of the 50 spots this year, one more than in 2016.

The jury comprises just over 1,000 "independent experts," including food writers, chefs and restaurant owners, who list their choices in order of preference based on where they ate in the past 18 months.

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“This is amazing, this is something we built all together,” Bottura told the awards ceremony held in Bilbao in Spain’s northern Basque Country, famous for its avant-garde haute cuisine.

“I am going to use this spotlight to show that chefs in 2018 are much more than the sum of their recipes.”

The top restaurants list’s organisers praised “Bottura’s contemporary cuisine, which challenges and reinvents Italian culinary tradition while make use of the finest produce from the Emilia-Romagna region.”

His father wanted him to become a lawyer but when he was 23-years-old Bottura, who was famous for rustling up culinary delights for his friends, dropped his law studies to open a Trattoria in Campazzo, in the countryside around Modena in the Po River Valley.

On his days off, he would study with French chef Georges Cogny, who had a restaurant two hours away.

“He said to me: ‘always follow your palate, because you have a great palate which will make Modena known around the world’,” Bottura said during an interview with AFP in 2016.

He opened Osteria Francescana in 1995 after spending time in New York and Monaco.

Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, which took the top honour in 2013 and 2015, came in second while third place went to Mirazur in southern France.

Restaurant magazine, owned by William Reed Media, launched the awards in 2002 and they are now as coveted by restaurants as Michelin stars, although the methodology used to select the best restaurants has faced criticism, especially from several French chefs who say it remains unclear.

There are no criteria for putting a restaurant on the list, which is based on an anonymous poll of more than 1,000 chefs, restaurant owners, food critics and other industry insiders from around the world.

Each member gets 10 votes and at least four of those votes have to go to restaurants outside their region.

The top 10 included two Peruvian restaurants, “Central” which slipped to number six from fifth place last year, and “Maido” which climbed to number seven from eighth place.

The only Asian restaurant in the top 10 was Bangkok’s “Gaggan”, whose owner-chef Gaggan Anand has won praise for his modern spin on his native Indian cuisine.

Spain continued to dominate the line-up with three restaurants in the top 10, including El Celler de Can Roca, while France had two including Mirazur.

The 2018 list of 50 best restaurants included eateries in 22 countries -- but over half were in Europe. Six are in the United States, six in Latin America and six in Asia.

Tuesday’s ceremony also handed out individual chef awards.

Britain’s Clare Smyth, who catered the dinner at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last month, was named best female chef and France’s Cedric Grolet best pastry chef.

Peru’s celebrity chef Gaston Acurio, who is known for combining classic European techniques with typical ingredients from the Andean country, was given a lifetime achievement award.

The top restaurant award has gone to Spain seven times, the most of any country. In addition to El Celler de Can Roca’s two wins, ground-breaking Spanish chef Ferran Adria’s El Bulli, which he closed in 2011, took the prize a record five times.

This year was the first time the ceremony was held in Spain. The event has been held before in London, New York and Melbourne. — AFP

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