The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, announced on Tuesday the bottom half of the best 100 for 2015.
Juicy details include a climb for Madrid-based Diverxo, which moved up 35 places from 94 to 59, Canada’s return to the list after a five-year absence, India’s first entry since 2012, plus 11 new restaurants in this part of the ranking.
In terms of geographic concentration, the US boasts nine entries, while China and the UK count four each, according to the announcement.
The list of 51-100 puts an emphasis on emerging talents and new establishments.
Restaurants are selected for this section of the list using the same voting process as for the top 50 and the announcement comes less than a week ahead of the 50 Best list reveal.
Watch the announcement of the World’s 50 Best, scheduled for June 1 at 8:00 PM BST, on live streaming: www.finedininglovers.com
In a ranking that’s sure to get patriotic barbecue fiends in the US all fired up, the state of Tennessee has been named the best in the US, according to the number crunchers over at TripAdvisor.
Based on the number and quality of reviews for the top-rated barbecue restaurants across the US, TripAdvisor has concluded that the odds of finding swoon-worthy grilled and slow-cooked meats are highest in Tennessee, followed by Texas and Missouri.
In Memphis, barbecue capital of Tennessee, a pitmaster is only as good as their pulled pork. Ribs come typically either ‘wet’ or ‘dry,’ marinated in spice rubs that include garlic and paprika, served with a tangy tomato sauce. Likewise, pork is the meat of choice over beef.
Meanwhile, the highest-rated barbecue joint in the whole of the U.S. of A is Joe’s BBQ in Blue Ridge, Georgia, which slow-cooks their meat over hickory wood.
TOP 10 states for barbecue
4. North Carolina
7. South Carolina
10. New York
TOP 10 barbecue restaurants in the US
1. Joe’s BBQ – Blue Ridge, Georgia
2. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que – Kansas City, Kansas
3. Bogart’s Smokehouse – Saint Louis, Missouri
4. Reuben’s Smokehouse – Fort Myers, Florida
5. Andy Nelson’s Southern Pit BBQ – Cockeysville, Maryland
6. Captain’s BBQ – Palm Coast, Florida
7. HogsHead Café – Richmond, Virginia
8. Buck’s Smokehouse – Destin, Florida
9. Franklin Barbecue – Austin, Texas
10. Pappy’s Smokehouse – Saint Louis, Missouri
Star chef Alain Ducasse’s new Las Vegas restaurant has been given an opening date.
The chef’s “MixRestaurant” and “MixLounge” at the Delano will be officially closing its doors on June 1 to make way for his “Rivea” dining concept, set to open to the public in October, reports Las Vegas Eater.
“Rivea” is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant which currently exists in Saint Tropez and London.
It will be the latest addition to the famous chef’s extensive portfolio of eateries, which includes “Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester” in London, “Benoit Tokyo” in Paris and “Benoit” in New York, among others.
An online petition has been launched protesting The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, with critics lambasting the event as “opaque, sexist and priggishly self-pleasing.”
Modeled after the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy50Best is being launched by a trio of angry foodspotters in France who are urging sponsors and financial backers to stop supporting the awards.
Their list of grievances is long and severe. And their tagline “Stop Intoxicating Us!” is being used both figuratively and literally.
“What do the Danish restaurant Noma, the Spanish El Bulli and the English The Fat Duck have in common?” reads the posting. “They have intoxicated hundreds of their customers and, in spite of this, they have each been crowned ‘Best Restaurant of the World’ by the annual ranking.
Diners at both Noma and The Fat Duck were sickened by outbreaks of norovirus in recent years while El Bulli has been accused of ‘poisoning’ its guests with the array of chemicals and substances used in molecular gastronomy.
“The result? A ranking that shamelessly mixes partiality…self promotion…and male chauvinism.”
To support their argument, the group, made up of food blogger Marie ‘Eatsider,’ journalist Hind Meddeb and public relations consultant Zoe Reyners, charge that partner countries Peru and Singapore are particularly over-represented; that some of the ranked chefs are also jury members; and that only one out of the 50 ranked chefs in 2014 was woman.
So far, one of the biggest supporters of the petition includes Joel Robuchon, whose L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joel Robuchon in Paris is ranked in 31st place.
It’s not the first time since the awards were launched out of London in 2002 that Restaurant magazine, which organizes the event, has been criticized. The awards have rubbed some of the biggest names in gastronomy the wrong way by omitting Michelin-starred industry titans, or placing them behind young, unstarred chefs.
Meanwhile, to bring greater legitimacy to the process, organizers have announced that new this year, votes will be tallied by a third-party adjudicator. For the 2015 edition of the awards, Deloitte will count the votes and authenticate the results.
Likewise, in response to accusations of being male-heavy, the group created the World’s Best Female Chef award a few years back.
San Francisco dining institution Saison, which serves a menu based on fresh, seasonal ingredients, has been named the best restaurant in America for the second year in a row in a ranking of the top 200 culinary destinations across the US.
After combing through 160,000 restaurant reviews written by a brigade of 4,500 “seasoned food connoisseurs,” Opinionated About Dining released the fourth edition of their “Top 100+ US Restaurants” list.
New this year, the list has doubled from its usual 100 entries in the aim of giving diners a wider breadth of choice across the country and expanding the spotlight for chefs, says OAD found Steve Plotnicki.
Saison, meanwhile, is no stranger to the culinary elite. And at $398 for a 22-course tasting menu throughout the week, the restaurant has also been called the most expensive in California.
While dishes are subject to change, the single common denominator on the nightly Saison menu is the element of fire, with foods touched either by flame, smoke and heat in the restaurant’s wood-burning grill.
Regionally, New York boasted the largest number of restaurants on the list with 50 addresses making up the top 200 list, followed by Los Angeles (27), San Francisco (50) and Chicago (18).
Chef Jose Andres also scored two spots on the top 10 list with minibar Washington DC and e by Jose Andres in Las Vegas.
Notable newcomers in the top 100 list include Trois Mec from Ludo Lefebvre in Los Angeles, 42 Grams in Chicago and Luksus in New York.
Here are the top 10 restaurants according to OAD:
1. Saison, San Francisco
2. Willows Inn, Lummi Island, Washington
3. Urasawa, Beverly Hill, California
4. Manresa, Los Gatos, California
5. e by Jose Andres, Las Vegas, Nevada
6. minibar, Washington DC
7. Alinea, Chicago
8. Masa, New York
9. French Laundry, Yountville, California
10. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
You could call it the culinary equivalent of the reality show “Wife Swap,” minus the drama.
For one night this summer, 37 of some of the biggest names in food will parachute into a different country for a worldwide ‘restaurant swap’ dubbed “The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle.”
That means taking over the kitchen of a gastronomic confrere and preparing an eight-course menu for unsuspecting guests.
Organized by Gelinaz, which calls itself a “collective of international chefs,” the unprecedented event boasts an impressive slate of culinary heavy hitters: Alain Ducasse, Yannick Alleno, Alex Atala, Rene Redzepi, Danny Bowien, Massimo Bottura, Inaki Aizpitarte, Albert Adria, and Sean Brock.
For fans and followers of contemporary gastronomy, that means potentially being able to sample Michelin-starred cuisine from a favorite chef who lives and cooks half a world away.
However, organizers have also opted to refrain from revealing which chef will be hosted in which restaurant. Instead, the identity of the visiting chef will only be revealed once the meal is over.
Participating chefs will criss-cross the skies traveling to countries like Japan, Brazil, France, Australia, Peru, Italy, Spain, Canada and the US.
Not only will participants take over the reins of a foreign kitchen, they’ll also swap lives, living in their colleagues’ homes, driving their cars, and sharing meals with their counterpart’s families.
Attention Hello Kitty fans: Your favorite feline, whiskered, cartoon (non-cat) character now has her own restaurant in Hong Kong.
At the recently opened Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine restaurant in Kowloon, fans can order 37 menu items that bear the character’s trademark bow, whiskers, ears and moon-shaped face.
After years of negotiating with Sanrio, the Japanese company that owns the brand, restaurant owner Man Kwong won the rights to open a Hello Kitty-themed restaurant this year for the legions of fans in Hong Kong.
Favorite dim sum items like dumplings and steamed buns are dressed in pink bowties dyed using beetroot juice, while her beady black eyes are created using squid ink.
Nests of noodle baskets shaped in the silhouette of Hello Kitty cradle shrimp and vegetables while stir-fried noodles are adorned with a deep-fried noodle bow and portions of rice are given whiskers, eyes and a green bean or carrot bowtie.
Every menu item has been tested and approved by Sanrio executives. The Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine restaurant opens officially June 1.
Members of Arcade Fire have decided to open their own restaurant in home city Montreal.
Called Agrikol and set to open later this year, the restaurant will offer Haitian cuisine and will be run in conjunction with Roland Jean and Jen Agg, who currently oversee the Rhum Corner restaurant in Toronto.
Of the venture, the band’s Win Butler told the Globe and Mail that the establishment will be as much an art project as an eatery but will attempt to capture the cultural warmth of Haiti.
Win Butler also partnered up last year with La Colombe Coffee to release a specialty coffee from Haiti called Rara, with proceeds going to charity.
Triple Michelin-starred Thomas Keller has become the latest master chef to take his star power and cuisine to the high seas.
In a collaboration with luxury cruise liner Seabourn, the chef behind The French Laundry, Per Se and Bouchon in the US will develop a new signature restaurant brand aboard the Seabourn Quest next spring, which will then be expanded to the rest of the fleet.
Guests aboard the Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest (pictured above) will also be able to sample Keller’s award-winning French and American haute cuisine during their cruise itineraries this fall.
Thomas Keller is the only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the Michelin guide and the first American male chef to be designated with the Chevalier of The French Legion of Honor.
A top notch Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Tokyo on Monday defended its special reservation rules for foreigners after a report in Japan it had refused to accept a booking from a Chinese customer.
Sushi Mizutani, which has two of the coveted Michelin stars, told AFP it has an “across-the-board policy” of not accepting bookings by non-Japanese customers — unless they are made through a hotel concierge or a credit card company.
“(Non-Japanese) customers may not show up for their reservations,” a member of staff at the restaurant said, adding employees do not have the foreign language proficiency to explain requirements to patrons.
“We prepare fish for the number of expected customers and have to turn down other requests for booking sometimes. We simply cannot afford it if people don’t show up. “We don’t think it is anything discriminatory” he said.
The confirmation came after a report that the restaurant, located in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district, had refused to take a reservation for Chinese journalist Mo Bangfu.
Mo, a resident of Japan for 30 years who is fluent in Japanese, intended to host three guests at the high-end restaurant, where prices start at 20,000 yen ($168) per person, the Nikkan Gendai tabloid reported.
“We have an increasing number of cases in which people are abandoning their reservations,” a restaurant worker told AFP, adding Japanese-speaking customers are called for reconfirmation a few days before their reservation.
The number of foreign tourists coming to Japan has rocketed in recent years as the value of the yen has fallen and as tensions have eased between Beijing and Tokyo.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to attract 20 million foreign visitors a year by 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Olympics.
For the fourth consecutive year, chef Grant Achatz has managed to win over the readers and diners of Elite Traveler magazine, helping the Chicago restaurant take the lead in its top 100 restaurants in the world list.
Take a tour of the triple Michelin-starred restaurant for a virtual visit.
Chef Grant Achatz
An Alinea, culinary masterpiece
Corn and white chocolate, honey, mango
One of Alinea’s iconic dishes: green apple balloons
Called “Stream of Noma,” the hour-long piece created by Danish band Efterklang is played in the bathrooms of the Copenhagen restaurant and is composed of sounds collected or ‘foraged’ from the restaurant itself, as well as from a local chicken farm.
Noma, helmed by superstar Danish chef Rene Redzepi, is best known for popularizing the idea of using foraged wild plants and catapulting the trend of New Nordic cuisine.
The soundtrack features 20 ‘focal points’ to represent the 20 servings of Noma’s menu and is an eclectic audio mix of chicken clucking sounds; kitchen commands; running water; and rhythmic melodic elements.
Or, in the words of Efterklang: “‘Stream of Noma’ is an abstraction of the Noma kitchen, the process — the circle, the suppliers, foragers, preparation — and the result is the menu. The piece tunnels a link between the kitchen and the diner, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse, though both aural and abstract, at the mystique of the restaurant.”
Noma has taken the title of World’s Best Restaurant by UK-based Restaurant magazine four times and is the current titleholder.
Overall, Ontario emerged the provincial leader with 38 addresses “…where creativity, consitency and hospitality meet at every meal,” followed by Quebec (21), British Columbia (19) and Alberta (15).
Interestingly, the results show that French cuisine was the most popular choice among Canadian diners, followed closely by Italian fare. Other cuisines represented include Japanese, Mediterranean, Syrian and Turkish.
Canadian diners are also fans of dining at wineries, which made up 20 percent of the top 100 list, including Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Peller Estates Winery Restaurant and Trius Winery Restaurant, says OpenTable.
To compile the index, which was published in alphabetical order, OpenTable collected 275,000 reviews from February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 and looked at the restaurant’s average rating in the “overall” category.
Julio Biosca of restaurant Casa Julio, located in the small village of Fontanars dels Alforins in Valencia, has become the latest chef to voluntarily hand back his single star ranking to the revered red guide.
But unlike many of his ambitious chef brethren, Biosca says he never sought out to be recognized by Michelin and said he’s not interested in having to deal with the pressure and fallout that comes with a star ranking.
“You start giving yourself airs. And when everyone tells you you’re the best, the day you fail to get the second star you get pissed,” he said.
Casa Julio received its first star in 2009. The restaurant wrote Michelin asking to be taken off the list in the 2014 edition of the guide but the request went unanswered.
It only finally managed to be dropped from 2015 volume of the guide.
French chef Pierre Gagnaire is to close his restaurant in a Moscow luxury hotel, a spokeswoman said Monday, with Russian media blaming the economic crisis and the embargo on many Western foods for the decision.
“After five years of fruitful cooperation with Pierre Gagnaire, Les Menus restaurant is closing because of the agreement running out at the end of March,” a spokeswoman for Lotte Hotel, which houses the restaurant, said.
Business daily Vedomosti suggested the reason for the closure was the difficulty in obtaining Western food due to the embargo imposed by Russia in retaliation for Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.
The report also said the economic crisis, which has seen the ruble plunged in value, was to blame – most luxury foods have to be imported to Russia.
Gagnaire is known for his innovative molecular cuisine. His Paris restaurant gained three Michelin stars in 1998 and has retained them ever since. He has 11 restaurants in cities across the world from Dubai to Las Vegas.
He is among a number of top chefs to have opened restaurants in Russia during the years of economic prosperity fuelled by high oil prices.
French chef Helene Darroze, whose restaurant “Helen Darroze” in Paris has gained one Michelin star and whose London restaurant in the Connaught Hotel has two stars, opened a Moscow restaurant in 2012.
Numerous attempts to transplant Michelin-starred chefs to Moscow have ended in failure in recent years, however.
Jeroboam restaurant, which opened in the Ritz Carlton hotel under German chef Heinz Winkler closed in 2009.
Koumir restaurant, a franchise of the Maison Troisgros restaurant in Roanne, central France, launched in 2006 but closed its doors after a year.
Lotte Hotel’s spokeswoman said it would open a new restaurant with a “chef renowned worldwide” offering “modern European cuisine.”
Atala, widely cited as the unofficial ambassador of native, Brazilian cuisine, is the highest ranked chef according to an early preview published on Michelin’s official site ahead of the official announcement.
The inaugural guide for Brazil focuses on Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and features a total of 17 starred restaurants. Sao Paulo dominates the list, with 11 restaurants and six eateries coming from Rio.
It comes as no surprise that Atala makes his debut in the Michelin world, given his string of accolades and awards.
In addition to winning the title of best restaurant in Brazil in 2013, Atala was also named the Lifetime Achievement Winner by organizers of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant last year.
“Bringing to the fore Tupinquim ingredients that were overlooked by or unfamiliar to other renowned chefs, such as priprioca, black rice and pupunha palm heart, his cooking surprises and stimulates the palate, offering a veritable journey through the flavors, textures and produce of Brazil,” reads a blurb on the Michelin site. “Passion and a prodigious technical skill have resulted in his innovative, creative and seasonal cuisine becoming a reference point for Brazilian cooking.”
Here are the starred restaurants in Brazil, representing modern, Brazilian, French and Japanese cuisines:
D.O.M., Sao Paulo
Huto, Sao Paulo
Dalva e Dito, Sao Paulo
Oro, Rio de Janeiro
Roberta Sudbrack, Rio de Janeiro
Kinoshita, Sao Paulo
Epice, Sao Paulo
Kosushi, Sao Paulo
Tuju, Sao Paulo
Le Pré Catelan, Rio de Janeiro
Olympe, Rio de Janeiro
Attimo, Sao Paulo
Maní, Sao Paulo
Jun Sakamoto, Sao Paulo
Mee, Rio de Janeiro
Lasai, Rio de Janeiro
Fasano, Sao Paulo
A devastating fire broke out Tuesday at the Alpine restaurant of celebrity French chef Marc Veyrat, considered by some to be the finest chef in the world with six Michelin stars to his name.
The blaze has caused considerable damage to the restaurant, La Maison du Bois, a wooden chalet 1,800 metres (6,000 feet) up in the French Alps near the Swiss border, police said.
The fire appeared to have started in the kitchens and spread rapidly to the dining area, where several pieces of antique furniture were destroyed.
“This is a life and a piece of French cultural history that has just gone up in flames,” Veyrat told AFP. “It’s not just a restaurant but also a museum of popular art showing several pieces of furniture from the region. It’s sad, but I’m a fighter. I’ll be back,” said Veyrat.
Known as much for roaming the countryside seeking wild herbs for his top-of-the-range dishes as for his trademark black hat, Veyrat has already suffered a forced break in his career.
In 2009, he stopped work, saying he could no longer bear the physical strains of the kitchen after a serious ski accident.
He handed back the six Michelin stars he had won (for two separate three-star restaurants) and only in 2013 re-entered the kitchen, opening his Alpine restaurant.
Veyrat specialises in traditional dishes, with lots of wild herbs and a little “molecular gastronomy”, chemistry-inspired recipes that produce new textures such as emulsions in cuisine.
According to his website, the top 12-course tasting menu at La Maison du Bois would set the diner back 325 euros ($344).
Foodies can now take their four-legged friends out to dinner at Paulsborn, a gourmet German restaurant located on the outskirts of Berlin.
Surprising as it may seem, the eatery is not the first to cater to cats and dogs with special dishes tailored to their tastes.
Paulsborn am Grunewaldsee (Berlin)
The news has spread far beyond Germany: the renowned gourmet restaurant Paulsborn now serves up beef, turkey and even kangaroo to dogs as part of a dedicated menu.
Developed with the help of an animal nutritionist, the dishes combine meat with pasta, rice and vegetables to ensure a well-balanced meal.
The move makes sense considering Paulsborn’s location in the Grunewald, the large forest outside of Berlin where dog owners often take their companions for a long stroll off the leash.
Hüttenweg 90, 14193, Berlin, Germany
Chew Chew (Sydney)
Sydney-siders, who are known to enjoy jogging with their canine companions, can find the best dog food available at Chew Chew.
The doggy deli makes dishes on site with fresh organic ingredients, and the result is a far cry from the dry food at the supermarket.
Chew Chew was founded by a Japanese nutritionist who has studied the benefits of fresh food on animal health. On offer are balanced meals that may include soup as a starter and chicken curry or an omelet with lamb for the main course.
Dog owners can even order special birthday cakes for their furry friends.
Cnr. Shirley Road & Telopea Street, Wollstonecraft, Sydney, Australia
Pets Deli (Berlin)
Clearly, the Germans have a special affection for their animal companions. Taking a cue from a concept that has already gained traction in the US, one animal lover decided to open a deli just for dogs and cats in 2014.
Pets can enjoy their meal on site while their owners sit down to a cup of coffee. There is also a take-away option so that critters can savor their kangaroo meat and organic pet cookies at home.
Bundesallee 221, 10719 Berlin, Germany
Besa Grill (Clearwater, Florida)
The US has long been at the forefront of the doggy dining trend, but the Besa Grill takes the idea to a new level.
The Florida restaurant offers a special menu for dogs, including beverages (water and non-alcoholic beer brewed specifically for Fido).
Owners can shell out $4 for a plate of meatballs for their canine companion, or spring for the most expensive dish on the doggy menu: morsels of filet mignon with carrots, brown rice and gravy ($6.90).
2542 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33761, United States
The Bangkok-based restaurant Gaggan, which puts a modern spin on classic Indian dishes in a bid to bridge the gap between eastern and western fare, topped this year’s S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna’s list of the 50 best restaurants in Asia, unveiled Monday night in Singapore.
The fine dining of Tokyo’s Narisawa, which is rooted in providing dishes with the fresh Japanese ingredients and menus that evoke a strong connection to nature, followed in second place while Paul Pairet’s experimental comfort food at Shanghai’s Ultraviolet came in at third.
Also in Tokyo, Nihonryori RyuGin followed in fourth place and the reinterpreted Southern French food at Restaurant André in Singapore landed in fifth place.
While the rankings reflect annual ups and downs, this year’s lifetime achievement award went to Japanese-born chef Tetsuya Wakuda who is known for bringing high-end Japanese food beyond its borders.
With just a suitcase and limited knowledge of English, Wakuda moved to Australia at the age of 22. Later, he brought modern Japanse cooking to Singapore where he opened Waku Ghin in 2010.
Launched in 2013, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is compiled by over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia.
New locations of the Jamie’s Italian restaurant chain are slated to open in French, German, Swiss and Dutch airports over the coming years.
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver owns six different restaurant chains, including Jamie’s Italian, which already boasts over 30 locations around the world from the UK to Hong Kong and Australia.
Like all of the Essex native’s eateries, Jamie’s Italian aims to emphasize healthy meals and fresh ingredients.
Obviously, the chef’s love of Italian culinary traditions is in the spotlight; guests can choose from a wide assortment of antipasti, mains such as osso bucco-style lamb and Italian burgers, and Italian-inspired desserts such as affogato and vanilla cheesecake.
Jamie’s Italian in Europe
An institution in the UK and Australia, Jamie’s Italian is still unknown to Europeans who have not encountered the chain abroad.
Now however, the chef is planning to bring his al dente pasta dishes to his neighbors across the Channel. Oliver’s company recently sealed a partnership with SSP Group, the concessionaire that runs several chains around the world, according to Hospitalityandcateringnews.com.
Travelers passing through France will be the first to taste Jamie Oliver’s Italian offerings on the continent, as a location will be opened as part of the renovation of the Nice-Côte d’Azur airport.