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El Celler de Can Roca Takes First Place at World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards

The world's best restaurant list was announced in London tonight

Is El Celler de Can Roca the best restaurant in the world?

It is according to Restaurant magazine, a British food industry publication, which launched its annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards in 2002. The winners were announced tonight in London, and though there weren't many surprises, there were a couple of newcomers to the top 50, including Ultra Violet in Shanghai and White Rabbit in Moscow. The highest-ranking restaurant in the U.S. this year was Eleven Madison Park, at No. 5.

The One to Watch award went to Sepia in Sydney, a restaurant already on the list (in 84th place), while this year’s lifetime achievement award went to Daniel Boulud, of Daniel in New York, though his restaurant is no longer ranked in the top 50. And while women chefs are notably scarce from the list (generally accounting for no more than 4 percent of the total winners), there is a World's Best Female Chef award, and it went to the Michelin-starred French chef Hélène Darroze

There was controversy as a site called Occupy 50 Best launched a petition leading up to the awards, with support from several well-respected chefs, criticizing the lack of established criteria for winners and the lack of transparency and structure in the voting process. Argentine chef Francis Mallmann, who was recently profiled in the Netflix documentary Chef’s Table, announced that he’d already resigned from the jury in 2013.

The annual list is compiled from the votes of 27 regional panels, each with 36 members—a mix of critics, chefs, and other industry professionals who vote online (Bloomberg's own Richard Vines was long a voter). El Bulli won the first year and dominated the No. 1 spot from 2006 to 2009. Noma has previously won four times. Other first-place winners include the French Laundry (2003, 2004), the Fat Duck (2005), and Can Roca (2013).

A pineapple dish by French chef Hélène Darroze, winner of the Best Female Chef award this year.
A pineapple dish by French chef Hélène Darroze, winner of the Best Female Chef award this year.
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Here's the full list:

1 El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
2 Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
3 Noma, Copenhagen
4 Central, Lima
5 Eleven Madison Park, New York
6 Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
7 Dinner, London
8 Narisawa, Tokyo
9 D.O.M, São Paulo  
10 Gaggan, Bangkok
11 Mirazur, Menton, France
12 L'Arpège, Paris
13 Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
14 Astrid y Gaston, Lima
15 Steirereck, Vienna
16 Pujol, Mexico City
17 Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
18 Le Bernardin, New York
19 Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
20 The Ledbury, London
21 Le Chateaubriand, Paris
22 Nahm, Bangkok
23 White Rabbit, Moscow
24 Ultra Violet, Shanghai
25 Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden
26 Alinea, Chicago
27 Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
28 The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
29 RyuGin, Tokyo
30 Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany  
31 Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm  
32 Attica, Melbourne
33 Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
34 Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
35 Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
36 L'Astrance, Paris
37 Restaurante Biko, Polanco, Mexico
38 Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
39 QuiqueDacosta, Denia, Spain
40 Per Se, New York
41 Mani, São Paulo 
42 Borago, Santiago, Chile (tied)
42 Tickets, Barcelona (tied)
44 Maido, Lima
45 Relae, Copenhagen
46 Restaurant Andre, Singapore
47 Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris
48 Schloss Schauenstein in Furstenau, Switzerland
49 Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York
50 The French Laundry, Yountville, U.S.

And here are the previously announced winners of places 51 - 100:

51 Geranium, Copenhagen
52 Tim Raue, Berlin
53 Hertog Jan, Bruges
54 Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
55 The Clove Club, London
56 Saison, San Francisco
57 Septime, Paris
58 Quay Sydney
59 Diverxo, Madrid
60 Hedone, London
61 Martin Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain
62 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
63 L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon Paris
64 Maaemo, Oslo
65 Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy
66 Amass, Copenhagen
67 Nomad, New York
68 Nerua, Bilbao, Spain
69 Momofuku Ko, New York
70 Waku Ghin, Singapore
71 De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
72 Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, U.S.
73 The Fat Duck, Bray, U.K.
74 Jaan, Singapore
75 Coi, San Francisco
76 Fu He Hui, Shanghai
77 Indian Accent, New Delhi
78 La Maison Troisgros, Roanne, France
79 Ryunique, Seoul
80 Daniel, New York
81 Joe Beef, Montreal
82 Le Louis XV, Monte Carlo, Monaco
83 Tegui, Buenos Aires
84 Sepia, Sydney
85 L’Effervescence, Tokyo
86 Hajime, Osaka
87 Brae, Birregurra, Australia
88 Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek, S. Africa (tied for 88)
88 Zuma, Dubai, UAE (tied for 88)
90 Estela, New York
91 Belcanto, Lisbon
92 St. John, London
93 Jungsik, Seoul
94 Masa New York
95 Fu1015, Shanghai
96 Mikla, Istanbul
97 Esperanto, Stockholm
98 Vila Joya, Albufeira, Portugal
99 Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
100 Manresa, Los Gatos, U.S.

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