Honoring the World’s 50 Best Restaurants

San Pellegrino announced their annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards winners. The dinner featured some of the world’s ranking top chefs in attendance, while everyone waited with baited breath to see if last year’s winner, Noma, would take home top honors again in 2015.

But Noma was pushed from the top spot by East Spain’s very own El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, and then again by Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. El Celler, who took home top honors once before in 2013, is back on top for 2015 after judges noted, “A meal in the tranquil glass-walled dining space is at once comforting and yet gastronomically challenging, the food simultaneously artisanal and technical, with references to both the traditional and the avant-garde. Crucially, this is a restaurant that has never forgotten its humble roots, its sense of familial warmth, or the need to serve remarkably delicious dishes and outstanding wines.”

Judges awarded Massimo Bottura the number two honor for his commitment to the Italian culinary experience, remarking, “Bottura is renowned for his twists on Italian culinary mores – Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano sees the region’s famed cheese served in forms and textures most diners will never have experienced, for example – but his menu also includes deliciously executed classics such as tagliatelle with hand-chopped ragu and risotto cooked with veal jus … From snacks such as exquisite rabbit macaroons through eel ravioli to suckling pig with balsamic vinegar, dining at Osteria Francescana is an exploration of the region’s produce and traditions delivered in a supremely contemporary fashion.”

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