• The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2012

    by  • 02/05/2012 • Events, Musings, Photoblog • 4 Comments

    This year I was lucky enough to cover the 10th World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards for Canadian magazine The Tomato. I was pleased to see so many new entries into the top 50 and indeed the top 100, showing a much more diverse collection of restaurants than last year. Especially Dinner by Heston Blumenthal which was the highest new entry at number nine and where I recently did a stage. I was also surprised, as I’m sure many were, to see some of the movers and shakers on the list. And of course, there were some lovely canapés by Massimo Bottura and Rhubarb. More words to the effect of what happened at the awards will mostly be disseminated there, to be posted in due course.

    In the mean time though, here are the winners and a few of my snaps of the event before glasses of Veuve Clicquot turned into champagne slur:

    The winner’s list:

    1 Noma
    2 El Celler De Can Roca
    3 Mugaritz
    4 D.O.M
    5 Osteria Francescana
    6 Per Se
    7 Alinea
    8 Arzak
    9 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
    10 Eleven Madison Park
    11 Steirereck
    12 L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joel Robuchon
    13 The Fat Duck
    14 The Ledbury
    15 Le Chateaubriand
    16 L’Arpege
    17 Pierre Gagnaire
    18 L’Astrance
    19 Le Bernardin
    20 Frantzén/Lindeberg
    21 Oud Sluis
    22 Aqua
    23 Vendôme
    24 Mirazur
    25 Daniel
    26 Iggy’s
    27 Les Creations de Narisawa
    28 Nihonryori RyuGin
    29 Quay
    30 Schloss Schauenstein
    31 Asador Etxebarri
    32 Le Calandre
    33 De Librije
    34 Fäviken
    35 Astrid Y Gaston
    36 Pujol
    37 Momofuku Ssam Bar
    38 Biko
    39 Waku Ghin
    40 Quique Dacosta
    41 Mathias Dahlgren
    42 Hof van Cleve
    43 The French Laundry
    44 Amber
    45 Vila Joya
    46 Il Canto
    47 Bras
    48 Manresa
    49 Geranium
    50 Nahm
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    Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef. When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN. Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014. According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.