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April 26, 2009updated Jul 06, 2015

San Pellegrino Names World’s 50 Best Restaurants

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

El BulliNomaFat DuckA world-wide poll of more than 800 chefs, critics and restaurant industry experts placed, not surprisingly, Ferran Adria’s El Bulli as the best dining destination for the fourth consecutive year. On Monday, the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants listing was released, the eighth annual global compilation of where to eat.

The United Kingdom’s Fat Duck took second, followed by Noma, located in Copenhagen. Run by Rene Redzepi, the youthful restaurant and chef was also awarded this year’s Chef’s Choice Award, a honor bestowed upon Redzepi by his peers.

Spain seems to be the culinary hot spot, with restaurants Mugaritz and El Celler de Can Roca rounding out the top five. American culinary icon, Thomas Keller is the only chef with two restaurants to make the list, New York’s Per Se in sixth and Napa Valley’s The French Laundry going strong at number 12.

France still holds its own too – chef Michel Bras runs the kitchen at family-owned Bras, which placed seventh. The country also tied with the U.S. for the most restaurants to make the list, 8 in total for each.

But this year’s list isn’t confined to typical foodie destinations. First time notables include: Osteria Francescana in Tuscany (13), Les Creations de Narisawa in Japan (20), Sterirereck in Austria (30), Momofuku Ssam Bar in the U.S. (31), La Colombe in South Africa (38), Iggy’s in Singapore (45), Quay in Australia (46), and Mathias Dahlgren in Sweden (50).

Here’s to delish dishes on upcoming travelers.

To view the entire list, visit

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