World's 50 Best Restaurants 2021: A Danish Double

Copenhagen restaurants have taken out the top two restaurant slots. 

© The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2021

World's 50 Bestrestaurants 2021: A Danish Double

Copenhagen restaurants have taken out the top two restaurant slots. 

© The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2021

It is probably one of the most important restaurant rankings in the world and reliably leads to the award winners being booked up for months or even years. After last year's Covid-19 enforced break The World's 50 Best Restaurants – also known as the S.Pellegrino list – were presented  on 5 October in Antwerp. 

The top of this year's 50-best list is firmly in Danish hands. Noma, which has already won several times in its former incarnation, celebrates a comeback at number one. Right behind it are fellow Danes from Geranium, consolidating Copenhagen's status as one of the most important gourmet metropolises. 

Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, Spain took third place. Spain was well represented in the top-10, with Barcelona restaurant Disfrutar coming in fifth. Spain and the US led the way with six restaurants each in the top-50 list. Odette in Singapore at Number 8 moved up 10 places and was also awarded Best Restaurant in Asia. Hong Kong’s The Chairman rose 31 places to take the No.10 spot, earning it this year’s highest climber award.

The Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award went to Vienna’s Steirereck (No.12), a restaurant renowned for breaking the boundaries of Austrian cuisine, while Will Goldfarbof from Room4Dessert in Bali took home The World’s Best Pastry Chef Award.

The 50 Best list is organised by William Reed Business Media. It is compiled from the votes of the World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which is made up of over 1,000 international restaurant professionals and has a 50:50 gender ratio.

Best Female Cook

It was announced in advance which top female chef would receive the World's Best Female Chef award this year. It went to Pía León from Lima in Peru.

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