The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2008

By Chris Harding

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The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2008
London was buzzing with gastronomic giants for the most prestigious chart count down in the business last night as The S.Pellegrino Worlds 50 Best Restaurants awards were announced.

London was buzzing with gastronomic giants for the most prestigious chart count down in the business last night as The S.Pellegrino World`s 50 Best Restaurants​ awards were announced.

Culinary artisans from around the world were in attendance at the Freemason`s Hall, off Drury Lane for the event that has the restaurant world eagerly running their fingers down lists.

The voting was divided into regions, with a chairperson for each region choosing a judging panel to short-list 5 restaurants. The judges and panel members were all picked from a list of restaurateurs, chefs and food critics, each voting for two venues from within their own region.

With an extra region added this year - Germany - the total number of voting panels came up to 23, with the final number of judges increasing to 682. In all, we had to count 3,410 votes to arrange our top 100 list, with the top 50 announced at the glamorous ceremony last night.

For a complete list of academy members and biographies click here

This mammoth undertaking is further enhanced with regional awards, a restaurant magazine reader`s choice award, a chef`s choice award, a breakthrough award and an auspicious Lifetime Achievement award, which this year went to Gualtiero Marchesi - the first Italian chef to win three Michelin stars.

Bukhara, India in picked up the Best in Asia award, whilst just missing out on the top 50 list at 55.

Breakthrough Restaurant went to Le Chateaubriand, France.

Restaurant magazine Reader`s Choice went to L`enclume in Cumbria`s Cartmel.

Mugaritz bagged the Chef`s Choice gong, just in front of Arzak.

But the biggest prize of the night - the Best Restaurant in the World went - for the third year running, to El Bulli.

Maestro chef, Ferran Adria, choosing to share his award with his fellow Spaniards, his family and...well...pretty much everyone, including second placed Heston Blumenthal`s The Fat Duck. Congratulations to everyone picking up awards or included in the list.

To read a profile of the restaurants, click on their name.

1

El Bulli

Spain

World`s Best Restaurant
Best in Europe

2

The Fat Duck

UK

 

3

Pierre Gagnaire

France

 

4

Mugaritz

Spain

Chefs Choice

5

The French Laundry

USA

Best Restaurant in Americas

6

Per Se

USA

 

7

Bras

France

 

8

Arzak

Spain

 

9

Tetsuya`s

Australa

Best Restaurant in Australasia

10

Noma

Denmark

 

11

L`Astrance

France

 

12

Gambero Rosso

Italy

 

13

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

UK

 

14

L`Atelier de Joel Robuchon

France

 

15

Le Louis XV

France

 

16

St John

UK

Highest Climber

17

Jean Georges

USA

 

18

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee

France

 

19

Hakkasan

UK

 

20

Le Bernardin

USA

 

21

Alinea

USA

 

22

Le Gavroche

UK

 

23

Dal Pescatore

Italy

 

24

Le Cinq

France

 

25

Troisgros

France

 

26

El Celler de Can Roca

Spain

 

27

L`Hotel de Ville - Philippe Rochat

Switzerland

 

28

Hof Van Cleve

Belgium

 

29

Martin Berasategui

Spain

 

30

Nobu London

UK

 

31

Can Fabes

Spain

 

32

Enoteca Pinchiorri

Italy

 

33y

Le Meurice

France

 

34

Vendome

Germany

Highest New Entry

35

Die Schwarzwaldstube

Germany

 

36

Le Calandre

Italy

 

37

Chez Panisse

USA

 

38

Charlie Trotter`s

USA

 

39

Chez Dominique

Finland

 

40

D.O.M

Brazil

 

41

Daniel

USA

 

42

Oud Sluis

Netherlands

 

43

Ristorante Cracco

Italy

 

44

Asador Etxebarri

Spain

 

45

Les Ambassadeurs

France

 

46

L`Arpege

France

 

47

Tantris

Germany

 

48

Oaxen Skargardskrog

Sweden

 

49

Rockpool

Australia

 

50

Le Quartier Francais

South Africa

Best in Middle East and Africa

Readers` Choice - L`enclume, UK

Breakthrough Restaurant -Le Chateaubriand, France

Lifetime Achievement Award - Gualtiero Marchesi

Best in Asia - Bukhara

Click here for numbers 51 to 100.

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