Over in Europe it was the Italian Massimo Bottura who took the limelight - his Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena has stood at the top of the culinary ladder and was last year voted fifth on the World's 50 Best Restaurants List.
Bottura is the master of balancing Italian tradition with modern techniques and his links to the local landscape and producers close to his restaurant ensure the highest quality produce is served in his restaurant, as seen in the video below.
As part of the announcement The Daily Meal have two extensive interviews with both chefs plus some great pictures of their signature dishes.
The 2011 chef of the year was awarded to the Chicago based chef Grant Achatz.
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