Best restaurant in the world

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2013

Best restaurant in the world

As the chatter quietens down and lights dim inside the Guildhall ready for the countdown of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, a flurry of activity restarts.

The results had been leaked. ‘It’s all over the internet,’ screams Twitter.

How silly are we to be sitting down, waiting eagerly to see if Noma had been toppled?

‘Can everyone switch off their phone please?’ came the announcement. I guess the organisers knew too.


But still, there’s a slim chance that the results were fake. As the countdown begins, it was obvious — we’re all trapped here for the next hour listening to what we already knew. The Spanish have taken the crown: El Celler de Can Roca is number one.

Christ, this is tedious. Especially as the champagne had been ditched at the reception; the thirst is coming on strong.

Even more annoying, perhaps, was the prospect of having to file a story overnight because, apparently, only three media outlets in the world have been given access to the results before the event. So much for embargoes, eh?

But then it struck me. Something that was even more annoying than losing sleep. Knowing the results doesn’t mean that the event was any less of a celebration — of achievements, creativity, hospitality, innovation, etc. The list goes on.

Because if you, like me and like them, have worked inside a kitchen, you know hard work doesn’t even begin to describe it. Sure, if the results were just posted on Twitter each year, we probably wouldn’t have to needlessly sit there while Mark Durden-Smith whittled down the numbers until we get to number one but actually, for everyone on the list, this was their 15 minutes.

So shush, Twitter, let them have their moment of glory and savour their spot in restaurant history.

The winner’s list:

1 El Celler De Can Roca
2 Noma
3 Osteria Francescana
4 Mugaritz
5 Eleven Madison Park
6 D.O.M
7 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
8 Arzak
9 Steirereck
10 Vendome
11 Per Se
12 Frantzén/Lindeberg
13 The Ledbury
14 Astrid Y Gaston
15 Alinea
16 L’Arpege
17 Pujol
18 Le Chateaubriand
19 Le Bernardin
20 Les Creations de Narisawa
21 Attica Melbourne
22 Nihonryori RyuGin
23 L’Astrance
24 L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joel Robuchon
25 Hof van Cleve
26 Quique Dacosta
27 Le Calandre
28 Mirazur
29 Daniel
30 Aqua
31 Biko
32 Nahm
33 The Fat Duck
34 Fäviken
35 Oud Sluis
36 Amber
37 Vila Joya
38 Restaurant Andre
39 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana
40 Combal Zero
41 Piazza Duomo
42 Schloss Schauenstein
43 Mr & Mrs Bund
44 Asador Etxebarri
45 Geranium
46 Mani
47 The French Laundry
48 Quay
49 Septime
50 Central

(First seen on Spear’s WMS)

Qin Xie

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.


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