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El Celler de Can Roca Is Named the New World’s Best Restaurant

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May 2, 2013

El Celler de Can Roca Is Named the New World’s Best Restaurant

HONG KONG, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — After seven years waiting in the wings, the Roca brothers have claimed the coveted number one spot on?The World’s 50 Best Restaurants?list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.

El Celler de Can Roca in Girona has long been hailed as one of Spain’s most exciting places to eat and having spent two years at no.2 on the list, it has swapped places with Denmark’s Noma, which held the top ranking for the last three years.

The Roca brothers’ restaurant has gained global acclaim for its combination of Catalan dishes and cutting edge techniques and the passion that they share for hospitality. Joan heads up the kitchen, Jordi is head pastry chef and Josep is head sommelier, in charge of front of house. Together they make a formidable team, creating a truly memorable dining experience.

El Celler?believes in free-style cooking, with a commitment to the avant-garde, but remaining faithful to the memory of different generations of the family’s ancestors, all dedicated to feeding people. Its philosophy is one of ’emotional cuisine’, with different ingredients chosen to take diners back to childhood memories and a specific place in their past.

Supported by El Celler’s rise to the top spot on the list, Spain continues to dominate the top 10 with San Sebastian’s Mugaritz at no.4 (Chefs’ Choice award in 2012) and Arzak (Elena Arzak Espina – The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef 2012) remaining at no.8. The country has five restaurants on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in total. Quique Dacosta who is renowned for his eco-cuisine and sits amongst the Spanish avant garde giants, climbs 14 places to no.26. Asador Etxebarri features at no. 44 on the list.

Spain’s counterparts in South America also have plenty to celebrate with Peru’s Astrid Y Gaston rising 21 places to be crowned the ‘Highest Climber’ on the list, an award sponsored by Gaggenau. The continent has six restaurants on the list with Alex Atala’s D.O.M at no. 6, once again named The Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South America. The evolution and strength of Latin American gastronomy has called for continent specific recognition and William Reed Business Media is proud to announce it will be holding Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in Peru this September, sponsored by Cusque?a with the support of PromPeru.

Following the success of this spring’s inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in Singapore, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, Asia now boasts seven restaurants in the world ranking including Asia’s highest ranked restaurant Narisawa, at no.20.

Hong Kong has a breakthrough this year by boasts two restaurants on the World’s Best list. Followed by getting the honour of ‘The Best Restaruant in China’ in 2013 Asia’s Best 50 Restaurant, Richard Ekkebus, The Director of Culinary Operations & Food & Berverage, continue raise the performance bar by driving Amber to the next level, rising eight places to no.36. He said after receiving the award in the ceremony, “It is important to be on the list, that is the only goal to be part of such a selective list is a true honor and a recognition for the consistency of Amber and my team!” 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo is the first time being ranked on list at no. 39. Other three restaurants in Hong Kong being ranked betweem 51 to 100 are Caprice at no. 73, Lung King Hee at no. 75 and Bo Innovation at no. 90.

With six restaurants on the list, the USA remains a key international culinary force, matching France as the country with the highest number of restaurants on this year’s list. Best in class goes to Eleven Madison Park, no.5 on the list and taking the award for the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in North America, from fellow New Yorker Per Se, which ranks at no.11 this year. The individual Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Silestone by Cosentino and voted for by the chefs within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, goes to Grant Achatz of Alinea in Chicago, which ranks at no.15.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is organised by?Restaurant?magazine and the awards were presented in the company of the world’s most influential restaurateurs, finest chefs and international media at London’s Guildhall on 29th April.

The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club? World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry. The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member can cast seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of their own region.

The panel in each region is made up of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria.

2013?S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant?List

  1. El Celler de Can Roca Girona, Spain (+1)?+34 972 22 21 57cellercanroca.com
  2. Noma Copenhagen, Denmark (-1)?+45 32 96 32 97?noma.dk
  3. Osteria Francescana Modena, Italy (+2) +39 59 210118?osteriafrancescana.it
  4. Mugaritz San Sebastian, Spain (-1)?+34 943 52 24 55?mugaritz.com
  5. Eleven Madison Park New York, USA (+5)?+1 212 889 0905elevenmadisonpark.com
  6. D.O.M. Sao Paulo, Brazil (-2)?+55 11 3088 0761?domrestaurante.com.br
  7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal London, UK (+2)?+44 207 201 3833dinnerbyheston.com
  8. Arzak San Sebastian, Spain (=)?+34 943 27 84 65?arzak.es
  9. Steirereck Vienna, Austria (+2) +43 713 31 68?steirereck.at/restaurant
  10. Vendome Bergisch Gladbach, Germany (+13)?+49 2204 42 1941schlossbensberg.com
  11. Per Se New York, USA (-5)?+1 212 823 9335?perseny.com
  12. Frantzen/Lindeberg Stockholm, Sweden (+8)?+46 8 20 85 80?frantzen-lindeberg.com
  13. The Ledbury London, UK (+1)?+44 207 792 9090?theledbury.com
  14. Astrid y Gaston Lima, Peru (+21)?+51 1 242 4422?astridygaston.com
  15. Alinea Chicago, USA (-8) +1 312 867 0110?alinearestaurant.com
  16. L’Arpege Paris, France (=) +33 1 47 05 09 06?alain-passard.com
  17. Pujol Mexico City, Mexico (+19) +52 55 5545 3507?pujol.com.mx
  18. Le Chateaubriand Paris, France (-3) +33 1 43 57 45 95?lechateaubriand.net
  19. Le Bernardin New York, USA (=) +1 212 554 1515?le-bernardin.com
  20. Narisawa Tokyo, Japan (+7) +81 3 5785 0799?narisawa-yoshihiro.com
  21. Attica Melbourne, Australia (NEW ENTRY) +61 3 9530 0111?attica.com.au
  22. Nihonryori RyuGin Tokyo, Japan (+6) +81 3 3423 8006?nihonryori-ryugin.com
  23. L’Astrance Paris, France (-5) +33 1 40 50 84 40
  24. L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joel Robuchon Paris, France (-12) +33 1 42 22 56 56?joel-robuchon.net
  25. Hof Van Cleve Kruishoutem, Belgium (+17) +32 9 383 58 48hofvancleve.com
  26. Quique Dacosta Denia, Spain (+14) +34 965 784 179?quiquedacosta.es
  27. Le Calandre Rubano, Italy (+5) +39 049 630 303?calandre.com
  28. Mirazur Menton, France (-4) +33 4 92 41 86 86?mirazur.fr
  29. Daniel New York, USA (-4) +1 212 288 0033?danielnyc.com
  30. Aqua Wolfsburg, Germany (-8) +49 5361 60 6056?restaurant-aqua.com
  31. Biko Mexico City, Mexico (+7) +52 55 5282 2064?biko.com.mx
  32. Nahm Bangkok, Thailand (+18) +66 2 625 3388?comohotels.com/metropolitanbangkok
  33. The Fat Duck Bray, UK (-20) +44 1628 580333?thefatduck.co.uk
  34. Faviken Jarpen, Sweden (=) +46 647 400 37?favikenmagasinet.se
  35. Oud Sluis Sluis, Netherlands (-14) +31 117 461 269?oudsluis.nl
  36. Amber Hong Kong, Hong Kong (+8) +852 2132 0066?amberhongkong.com
  37. Vila Joya Albufeira, Portugal (+8) +351 289 591 795?vilajoya.com
  38. Restaurant Andre Singapore (NEW ENTRY) +65 6534 8880restaurantandre.com
  39. 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana Hong Kong, Hong Kong (NEW ENTRY) +852 2537 8859?ottoemezzobombana.com
  40. Combal.Zero Rivoli, Italy (RE-ENTRY) +39 011 956 5225?combal.org
  41. Piazza Duomo Alba, Italy (NEW ENTRY) +39 0173 366 167piazzaduomoalba.it
  42. Schloss Schauenstein Furstenau, Switzerland (-12) +41 81 632 10 80schauenstein.ch
  43. Mr & Mrs Bund Shanghai, China (NEW ENTRY) +86 21 6323 9898mmbund.com
  44. Asador Etxebarri Atxondo, Spain (-13) +34 946 58 30 42?asadoretxebarri.com
  45. Geranium Copenhagen, Denmark (+4) +45 69 96 00 20?geranium.dk
  46. Mani Sao Paulo, Brazil (NEW ENTRY) +55 11 3085 4148manimanioca.com.br
  47. The French Laundry Yountville, USA (-4) +1 707 944 2380?frenchlaundry.com
  48. Quay Sydney, Australia (-19) +61 2 9251 5600?quay.com.au
  49. Septime Paris, France (NEW ENTRY) +33 1 43 67 38 29?septime-charonne.fr
  50. Central Lima, Peru (NEW ENTRY) +51 1 242 8515?centralrestaurante.com.pe

[box type=”tick”]Restaurant magazine is the UK’s leading publication for restaurateurs and chefs, and has been publishing The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2002 and hosting the Awards since 2003. Restaurant magazine is solely responsible for organising the awards, collating the votes and producing the list. S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are main sponsors of the awards. S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.[/box]

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