The Danish restaurant Noma has been voted the world's best restaurant for a third year in a row. Owned and run by the Danish chef Rene Redzepi the restaurant, in Copenhagen, has now sat at the top of the World's 50 Best Restaurants List for three years consecutively.
Noma is known for its unique approach to foraging the local terrain for local ingredients and its strict policy on using only Danish produce whenever possible. A rule that means the restaurant strays away from conventional cooking techniques, avoiding lemon, rice and olive oil, in its attempt to present Nordic cuisine to the world. The philosophy has seen the restaurant grow year on year, along with Rene Redzepi, who is now known throughout the world for his culinary approach to food. Local berries, insects and wild herbs are all present on the menu with guests going to sample and appreciate a real taste of Northern Europe.
Winning for another year highlights the respect for Rene and Noma in the industry - the Spanish chef Ferran Adria is the only chef to receive the award more times with five first place spots on the list for his elBulli restaurant which closed last year.
Rene will remain at the top for another year and with a position on the Time 100 most influential list, a Time front cover and yet another top position on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list - it will remain Noma's time in the world of gastronomy for at least another year....
Here is the top 10 of 2012
1. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
4. D.O.M., São Paolo, Brazil
5. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
6. Per Se, New York, US
7. Alinea, Chicago, US
8. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
9. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
10. Eleven Madison Park, New York, US
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