Following a much-anticipated award ceremony held at London's Guildhall today, The World's 50 Best Restaurants list for 2015 has finally been revealed, and a new champion has taken the no. 1 spot. Well, not exactly a new champion.
Hailing from Girona, Spain, the family-run El Celler de Can Roca reclaimed its position at the forefront of the culinary world, taking first place back from Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant whose penchant for locally sourced ingredients was featured on Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. In fact, Noma actually fell to third place this year, with second place going to Osteria Francescana from Modena, Italy.
The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards are, naturally, highly coveted in the culinary world, with the ability to bring international attention to a heretofore unknown chef's establishment. As a result, there's some pretty significant controversy surrounding the judges who ultimately determine the ranking, with detractors like Occupy 50 Best pointing to corruption and bribery as the true determining factors of the top 50 list. In other words, it's like every other awards show in the world.