On the 5th of October, the world’s top restaurants gathered in Antwerp, Flanders, to announce the awards for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021, including the Danish restaurant NOMA.
This year’s event featured restaurants from 26 countries on five continents, culminating in the announcement of a new number one, René Redzepi, who stepped on stage to receive the double distinction of The World’s Best Restaurant 2021 and The Best Restaurant in Europe 2021 for his restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Succeeding to the Mirazur restaurant, Noma climbs from the 2nd place it had directly reached in 2019. Noma is joined in the top three by Geranium (no. 2), also in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Asador Etxebarri (no. 3) located in Atxondo, Spain.
Noma’s acclaim is a testament to Chef Redzepi and his team’s unerring focus on unusual seasonal ingredients – the menu is strictly seasonal, divided into three phases: seafood in winter, vegetables in summer, and game and forest in autumn, which are locally harvested and creatively and intricately showcased on the plate.
William Drew, Content Director of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “Noma is arguably the most influential restaurant of its generation, setting new standards in research and sourcing, culinary innovation and presentation”.
The annual list of restaurants is compiled from the votes of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a group of more than 1,000 influential international food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and culinary experts, with equal numbers of men and women.
Noma, along with the other restaurants ranked no. 1 in previous years, joins the pantheon of “Best of the Best”. These winners will now be honoured forever as iconic dining destinations and will no longer be eligible for voting from 2021.
More information: www.theworlds50best.com
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