In what appears to be an aggressive response to the controversial World's 50 Best Restaurants list announced back in June, the French government has created its own ranking of the best restaurants in the world. And while some would argue that making yet another guide on where you can spend a small fortune on food isn't exactly needed, it actually sounds pretty legit.
Simply titled "La Liste," the initiative was commissioned by France’s Foreign Ministry and claims to have named the 1,000 best "tables of exception” all around the world, according to a report by The New York Times. To create the ranking, officials used an algorithm to crunch data from 200 food guides (including the likes of Michelin, Gault & Millau, and Zaga), crowd-sourced data from sites like OpenTable, and a committee of food and wine experts. The resulting list honors restaurants in 48 countries -- 126 of which are in Japan, 118 in France, and 101 in the United States, per the report.
As for the best restaurant in the world, La Liste has bestowed that honor on chef Benoît Violier’s Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Switzerland. An American restaurant takes second place -- Per Se, a highly regarded restaurant by Thomas Keller in New York City. After that, Kenichiro Nishi’s Kyo Aji in Tokyo takes third on the new list. For comparison, Per Se was ranked No. 40 on the London-based World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Here's the full top 10:
10. Joël Robuchon, Yebisu Garden Place, Japan
9. Auberge du Vieux Puits, Fontjoncouse, France
8. La Maison Troisgros, Roanne, France
7. Kyubey, Tokyo
6. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
5. Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
4. Guy Savoy, Paris
3. Kyo Aji, Tokyo
2. Per Se, New York
1. Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville, Crissier, Switzerland
La Liste also includes a separate ranking of the best restaurants in the United States, and here are the top 10:
10. Daniel, New York
9. The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.
8. Atera, New York
7. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.
6. Saison, San Francisco
5. Joël Robuchon (USA), Las Vegas
4. Eleven Madison Park, New York
3. Jean-Georges, New York
2. Le Bernardin, New York
1. Per Se, New York
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will formally unveil the list on December 17th.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and has only been to maybe two of these places. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.