Geranium in Copenhagen at the top

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants have announced the winners of this year’s event with Denmark’s Geranium crowned the best dining establishment on the planet.

Central in Lima, Peru, the first South American restaurant to enter the top three on the list, took second place while Disfrutar in Barcelona took third place.

Since the list was created in 2002, the first prize has been awarded to 16 out of 19 restaurants in Europe. The other three times went to restaurants in the United States.

“It’s a successful year for Danish gastronomy with Geranium claiming the title of best restaurant in the world and two new Danish restaurants entering the top 50 list,” the organization announced.

Located on the eighth floor above the parking lot of Denmark’s national football stadium and offering a panoramic view of the Fælledparken (the common gardens), the restaurant specializing in seasonal “scandi” cuisine, was second in the year’s ranking last behind the iconic Noma who, after a change to the rules that now declare past winners ineligible to win again, will now move to the list of best of the best.

Geranium’s current menu, “The Summer Universe,” costs $440 per person and lasts at least three hours. They offer different wine lists as well as a non-alcoholic pairing. From the start of the 2022 season, Geranium has removed meat from its menu to focus solely on vegetables and seafood.

Geranium was the first Danish restaurant to receive three Michelin stars and the restaurant’s head chef and co-owner, Rasmus Kofoed, has also won gold, silver and bronze medals in the global cooking competition, the Bocuse d’Or .

The restaurant opened in 2007, closed in 2009 in order to move to its current location in 2010 amid the financial crisis. “The odds were against us,” Chief Kofoed said in a speech at the ceremony, which took place in London and was hosted by American actor Stanley Tucci.

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The ceremony was to take place in Moscow but was moved to London following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“The menu is a reflection of me, who I am and how I’m growing as a chef and as a human being,” Kofoed said. “I haven’t eaten meat for five years at home, so not using meat on the new menu was a logical decision and a natural progression for Geranium.”

Denmark: culinary capital of the world

Two other Danish restaurants entered the Top 50 restaurants ranking, confirming Copenhagen’s reputation as one of the culinary capitals of the world.

At number 18 is Alchemist, a two-Michelin-star “holistic” dining experience led by chef Rasmus Munk with a menu that includes 50 dishes or “impressions” that include light, drama, art and sound. The experience lasts between four and six hours and costs $600.

Alchemist is located in a former welding hall in the once industrial district of Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, which is also home to Noma.

Jordnær, meaning ‘down to earth’, is Denmark’s newest addition to the list of the world’s top 50. It enters at No. 38, holds two Michelin stars. The current 17-course menu costs $436.

“Go here for huge langoustines, turbot and king crab, generous volumes of caviar and more – all fresh from the ocean,” said host Tucci, adding that owner couple Eric Kragh Vildgaard and Tina Kragh Vildgaard, has six children and deserves an award for parenthood as well.

Central, the second best restaurant in the world

Chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León’s flagship restaurant, Central, is an ode to Peru in all its forms. The dishes celebrate the unique landscapes, history and traditions of their country of origin using an abundance of local produce.

The husband and wife team tied the knot just four days after Central first appeared on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2013. Nearly 10 years later, Martínez and León have enjoyed their share of success, with the opening of Mil in the Andes and Kjolle in Lima alongside an international outpost in Tokyo called Maz.

León was also voted the best female chef in the world 2021.

Disfrutar: the #3 best restaurant in the world

Disfrutar (Enjoy), the third-placed Spanish restaurant, is a “legacy” of the legendary El Bulli restaurant (now another member of the Best of the Best group), as its three chefs – Oriol Castro, Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casañas – all worked there. After this restaurant closed in 2011, they joined forces to open Compartir in Cadaqués, Catalonia, followed by Disfrutar – their most ambitious project – in 2014.

Contemporary techniques, daring combinations and the desire to surprise diners are some of Disfrutar’s hallmarks. Dishes such as panchino (a soft bun) stuffed with caviar and sour cream, and the multi-sphere pesto with tender pistachios and eel are designed to “please, surprise and excite”.

With the renowned Eleven Madison Park now, like Noma, on the Best of the Best list, another New York restaurant, the Korean Atomix represents the United States in 33rd place in the ranking.

Asia, which has been hit particularly hard by pandemic restrictions, made the top 20 with Den in Tokyo. Two other Japanese restaurants, Florilège and Narisawa, are also now included in the list of the best restaurants in the world.

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Among the special prizes, the “One to Watch” was awarded to AM by Alexandre Mazziain Marseille, three Michelin stars and offering a menu with African accents.

Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina, founders of #CookforUkraine, won the “Champions of Change” award.

Here is the list of winners, with new entries marked NE:

1. GeraniumCopenhagen

2. Central, Lima

3. Foil, Barcelona

4. DiverxoMadrid

5. Pujol, Mexico City

6. Asador EtxebarriAxpé, Spain

seven. A Casa do PorcoSao Paulo

8.Lido 84, Gardone Riviera, Italy

9. QuintonilMexico City

10. The GrilleRubano, Italy

11. Maido, Lima

12. UliassisSenegal, Italy

13. SteirereckVienna

14. Don JulioBuenos Aires

15. RealeCastel di Sangro, Italy

16. Elkano, Getaria, Spain

17. Nobelhart & SchmutzigBerlin

18. Alchemist, Copenhagen

19. Piazza DuomoAlba, Italy

20. LairTokyo

21. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

22. SeptemberParis

23. The JeanneAntwerp, Belgium

24. The Presidenthong kong

25. Frantzenstockholm

26. Catering Tim Raue, Berlin

27. Hof Van CleveKruishoutem, Belgium

28. The Clarence, Paris (NE)

29. St. HubertusSan Cassiano, Italy

30. AnthologyTokyo

31. ArpeggioParis

33. AtomixNew York

34. Hisa FrankoKobarid, Slovenia

35. Clove Club, London

36. OdetteSingapore

37. Fyn, Cape Town (NOT)

38. Jordnaer, Copenhagen (NOT)

39. Sorn, Bangkok (NE)

40. Schauenstein CastleFurstenau, Switzerland

41. The Peak, Osaka, Japan

42.Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain

43. Boragosantiago

44. The BernardineNew York

45. NarisawaTokyo

46. BelcantoLisbon

47. OtecOslo (NS)

48. LeoBogato (NE)

49. Ikoyi, London

50. Single ThreadHealdsburg

Here is the complete list of the 50 best restaurants in the world.

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