The 2011 San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list was announced in April and Twitter was awash with people commenting about the awards and congratulating the Danish chef, René Redzepi, for picking up world's best restaurant for the second year in a row.
Farewell Ferran were the cries as on the 30th July Ferran Adrià and the elBulli team served their last meal. The restaurant in Roses, Spain, five times voted the best in the world. It served more than 8 thousand meals and recieved a reported 2 million reservations, before closing its doors to reopen as a culinary foundation in 2012.
This November saw the announcement of the 2011 Michelin Star winning restaurants. There were a number of restaurants gaining stars throughout the world but only a few chefs receive the much coveted 3rd Star. Massimo bottura, that Fine Dining Lovers interviewed during a very special day in Modena, picked up his third star and was elated with tweets coming in thick and fast to congratulate the Italian chef.
Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana gains third star in Michelin guide to Italy. Four new two stars and 33 (yes 33) new one stars
@massimobottura screaming in the car "I still can't believe it" ***Michelin For Osteria francescana #michelinitaly2012
5. #Christmas (the turkey disaster...)
Christmas rates high on this list and is reported as falling into the top ten all time trends of 2011. This was obviously made up of people talking all things Christmas but it's hard to avoid the fact that lots of this chatter was in relation to food. There was the obvious recipe sharing taking place in the run up to the holiday and FDL wasn't different bringing some great christmas recipes from community members.
But the stand out festive tweets are from those sent on Christmas day, from those people in the midst of dining dilemmas.
I forgot to defrost the turkey yesterday. #disaster
Disaster! The turkey is too big for the oven! #christmas
Christmas DISASTER!!!! Oven suddenly not working, turkey is smiling!
First time cooking dinner today and I've had a turkey disaster. It's been resting against a cold bit in fridge and part of it has frozen.
Obviously these tweets were sent from those people who didn't read FDL's turkey cooking tips before the big day arrived...Happy to New Year to all!
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