Copenhagen has confirmed its reputation as the global food destination of the moment after its best restaurants finished first and second in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2021, widely regarded as the Oscars of gastronomy.
Chef René Redzepi’s new Noma, famous for his foraging and fermentation techniques, was named best restaurant at a ceremony in Antwerp on Tuesday evening. The old one topped the list in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and finished second in 2019.
“No trip to Noma is ever the same,” the quote states, citing highlights from previous seasons, including a vegetarian celeriac shawarma and a duck dish of thighs, brains, and hearts served with “claw, feather and beak”.
William Drew, director of content for the 50 best restaurants in the world, said Noma was “arguably the most influential restaurant of its generation, setting new standards in terms of sourcing and sourcing ingredients, developing and presenting dishes.”
Noma staff, whose current menu of game and forest season costs DKr 2,800 (£ 320) plus DKr 1,800 for accompanying wines and according to social media posts feature raw sumac, bear and reindeer brains, exploded with joy at the news.
The restaurant earned a coveted third Michelin star earlier this year, praised for its “strong connection with nature and holistic approach … which sees unusual seasonal ingredients presented in creative and complex dishes.”
No awards were given last year due to the pandemic, and this year’s title means that Noma, which first opened in the Danish capital’s Christianshavn district in 2003, is now on the same level as El Bulli by Ferran Adrià for the best results.
A rule introduced in 2019 generally prevents previous winners, including Eleven Madison Park in New York, Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal in Bray, Osteria Francescana in Modena and Mirazur in Mentone, from competing, but Noma qualified. because it closed in 2016, reopening at a new address and with a different concept two years later.
Redzepi said his first victory 11 years ago “gave us the chance to be part of a transformation of the food culture of an entire region”, adding that the pandemic “taught us all how fragile our dreams can be. , how incredibly grueling and difficult this industry can be ”.
The annual list is voted on by more than 1,000 gastronomes including writers and food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and international culinary experts, who this year awarded second place to another three-star Copenhagen restaurant, Geranium.
The restaurant says of its cuisine that its approach aims to explore “the living formative forces of nature” and “observe and understand the connections between the formative forces and the physical matter of all organisms”.
The 50 best restaurants in the world
1 Rent (Copenhagen, Denmark)
2 Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
3 Etxebarri Grill (Axpe, Spain)
4 Central (Lima, Peru) The best restaurant in South America
5 To enjoy (Barcelona, Spain)
6 Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)
7 Maido (Lima, Peru)
8 Odette (Singapore) The best restaurant in Asia
9 Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) The best restaurant in North America
10 President (Hong Kong) Award for the highest climber
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