“The annual list of the world’s 50 best restaurants was unveiled in London on 26th of April, containing some unpalatable news for those in the UK’s culinary scene – and a new No 1. ”

But the talk of the night was that the title of world’s best restaurant has finally been wrenched from the grip of El Bulli in Spain, with Denmark’s Noma, a relative newcomer, being acclaimed as the globe’s greatest dining experience. René Redzepi’s groundbreaking restaurant in Copenhagen, which serves only food from the Nordic region, was propelled into the top spot thanks to a dedication to regional products fashioned into startling creations such as “vintage potato and whey”, and “lovage and prästost (a Swedish cheese)”.

René Redzepi (born 16 December 1977) is the chef and co-owner of the two-Michelin star restaurant Noma in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. His restaurant was voted the best restaurant in the world in 2010 San Pellegrino Awards. Redzepi is noted for his work for the reinvention and refinement of a new Nordic cuisine and food that is characterized by inventiveness and clean flavors.

Redzepi is the son of an Albanian father, who migrated in Denmark from the Republic of Macedonia and a Danish mother

Some big-name chefs in London again failed to make the top flight, with Gordon Ramsay – arguably Britain’s most successful culinary export – absent from the list, having dropped out of the top 100 last year. Despite all of the publicity from his TV shows in the UK and US, and more than 20 restaurants in four continents, Ramsay failed to regain his place among the top chefs, where he last appeared in 2008, in 13th place.

Just three UK restaurants made it on to the list, the publication of which is one of the biggest events in the food world’s calendar. This was one fewer than last year, and only half as many as 2008, when six British restaurants were deemed to be among the world’s best.

Sources and links:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/apr/26/rene-redzepi-noma-best-restaurant
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/7657981/A-leaf-out-of-Nomas-book.html
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rene-Redzepi/56186951005
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/René_Redzepi