Food: It’s Spain in the lead with Italy a close second and Copenhagen third.

For you worldly foodies out there:restaurants1

We’re talking about what is considered the Oscars of the fine dining world – the 50 BEST – the results were compiled from an “independent” voting panel of 1,000 judges who discover and celebrate the diverse gastronomic talents and communities across the globe.

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Ostera Francescana’s “dropped” lemon tart.  What came first, the name or the drop?

El Celler de Can Roca” — The place that just topped the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. If you don’t already have a reservation at El Celler de Can Roca, it’s probably too late. The Girona, Spain, eatery won top prize at the prestigious 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards, held June 1st in London.

El Celler bumped last year’s victor, Copenhagen’s forage-friendly Noma down to third, and pipped Modena, Italy’s, Osteria Francescana into second at the event.

Receiving the award to a standing ovation, head chef Joan Roca i Fontane dedicated the prize to those around him. “This success is also for our family, thanks family for your patience, for our wives, our kids, also our team — the best team in the world,” he said.

This year’s results were preceded by an announcement that 2016’s 50 Best ceremony will, for the first time, not take place in London, but in New York. The move, organizers said, would make the event “truly global.”  This will be reflected not just in restaurants we celebrate but also in the locations of the events themselves.

Here is who topped the list:

The 50 best

  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 City)
  6. Mugartiz(San Sebastian, Spain)
  7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal(London)
  8. Narisawa(Tokyo, Japan)
  9. D.O.M.(Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  10. Gaggan(Bangkok)
  11. Mirazur(Menton, France)
  12. Arpege(Paris)
  13. Asador Etxebarri(Biscay, Spain) — this year’s highest climber
  14. Astrid y Gaston(Lima)
  15. Steirereck(Vienna)
  16. Pujol(Mexico City)
  17. Arzak(San Sebastian, Spain)
  18. Le Bernardin(New York City)
  19. Azurmendi(Near Bilbao, Spain)
  20. Ledbury(London)
  21. Le Chateaubriand(Paris)
  22. Nahm(Bangkok)
  23. White Rabbit(Moscow) — highest new entry
  24. Ultraviolet(Shanghai, China)
  25. Faviken(Fäviken, Sweden)
  26. Alinea(Chicago)
  27. Piazza Duomo(Alba, Italy)
  28. The Test Kitchen(Cape Town, South Africa)
  29. Nihonryori RyuGin(Tokyo)
  30. Vendome(Bergisch Gladbach, Germany)
  31. Restaurant Frantzen(Stockholm)
  32. Attica(Melbourne, Australia)
  33. Aqua(Wolfsberg, Germany)
  34. Le Calendre(San Pietro, Italy)
  35. Quintonil(Mexico City)
  36. L’Astrance(Paris)
  37. Biko(Mexico City)
  38. Amber(Hong Kong)
  39. Quique Dacosta(Dénia, Spain)
  40. Per Se(New York City)
  41. Mani(Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  42. Tickets (Barcelona)
  43. Borago (Santiago)
  44. Maido(Lima)
  45. Relae(Copenhagen)
  46. Restaurant Andre(Singapore)
  47. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee(Paris)
  48. Schloss Schauenstein(Fürstenau, Switzerland)
  49. Blue Hill at Stone Barns(Tarrytown, New York)
  50. French Laundry(Yountville, Calfornia)

I don’t see Vancouver anywhere on this list.  Here’s my vote for the Best Pie: It goes to Savary Island Pie Company in West Vancouver for it’s to-die-for Buttermilk Pie.buttermilk pie - Copy

You have to wonder how in the world these people manage to make these decisions with so many fine restaurants popping up all over.  It must be a difficult job.  One I wouldn’t mind being a part of.

What do you think?  Should we take this “50 Best” with a fine grain of  sea salt?

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