The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best 2009: The results

By Emma Eversham

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The San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2009
The San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants 2009
El Bulli and The Fat Duck retain first and second place respectively on the 2009 list while Danish restaurant Noma rises seven places to take the third spot

El Bulli, the restaurant run by Spanish chef-owner Ferran Adria, has retained its place as the world`s best restaurant in the 2009 S. Pellegrino World`s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.

Heston Blumenthal`s Fat Duck also held onto second place for the third consecutive year while Danish restaurant Noma shot seven places up the chart to take third place.

Adria, collecting his award for the fifth time, the fourth consecutive year, dedicated his award to Blumenthal who he congratulated for handling the Fat Duck`s norovirus issue `with honesty`.

Chefs from across the globe flew in to London for the event at the Freemason`s Hall in Covent Garden tonight to hear where their restaurant ranked and find out the winners of a host of special awards.

Restaurants making it onto the list for the first time this year were: Osteria La Francescana (Italy, 13th), Les Creations de NARISAWA (Japan, 20th), Steirereck (Austria, 30th), Momofuku Ssam Bar (USA, 31st), Mirazur (France, 35th), Le Chateaubriand (France, 40th), Iggy`s (Singapore, 45th), Quay (Australia, 46th) and Mathias Dahlgren (Sweden, 50th).

After appearing in every top 50 list since the awards began, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which secured 13th place in 2008, disappeared from the list altogether this year. Le Gavroche, Charlie Trotters and Alain Ducasse - Plaza Athenee were also among those who slipped out of the top 50 this year

Although it did not make the list this year, Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, was voted Breakthrough Restaurant of the Year and Noma chef-owner Rene Redzepi (pictured, right with his Noma team) picked up the Chefs` Choice Award. The Continental Award winners were Tetsuya`s (Australasia), El Bulli (Europe), Les Creations de NARISAWA (Asia), Per Se (North America) and D.O.M (South America).

French chef and restaurateur, Joel Robuchon, whose L`Atelier restaurant in Paris came 18th in this year`s list, was also there to pick up the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Collecting his award from Hibiscus chef-owner Claude Bosi he joked:"I saw the title of Lifetime Achievement Award and thought does that mean it`s the end of my career?

"The passion still lives in me but it seems you`ve had me down as the old guard. I`d like to say to all the young chefs that I don`t have the talent that some of you have. If you have the perseverance you can get to where I am today."

Read our live blog from the World`s 50 Best Award`s night

S. Pellegrino World`s 50 Best 2009 winners
Position  Restaurant  Country
1  El Bulli  Spain
2  The Fat Duck  UK
3  Noma  Denmark
4  Mugaritz  Spain
5  El Celler de Can Roca  Spain
6  Per Se  USA
7  Bras  France
8  Arzak  Spain
9  Pierre Gagnaire  France
10  Alinea  USA
11  L`Astrance  France
12  The French Laundry  USA
13  Osteria La Francescana  Italy
14  St John  UK
15  Le Benardin  USA
16  Hotel de Ville  Switzerland
17  Tetsuya`s  Australia
18  L`Atelier de Joel Robuchon  France
19  Jean Georges  USA
20  Les Creations de NARISAWA  Japan
21  Chez Dominique  Finland
22  Cracco Peck  Italy
23  Die Schwarzwaldstube  Germany
24  D.O.M.  Brazil
25  Vendome  Germany
26  Hof van Cleve  Belgium
27  Masa  USA
28  Gambero Rosso  Italy
29  Oud Sluis  Netherlands
30  Steirereck  Austria
31  Momofuku Ssam Bar  USA
32  Oaxen Skargardskrog  Sweden
33  Martin Berasategul  Spain
34  Nobu  UK
35  Mirazur  France
36  Hakassan  UK
37  Le Quartier Francais  South Africa
38  La Colombe  South Africa
39  Etxebarri  Spain
40  Le Chateaubriand  France
41  Daniel  USA
42  Combal Zero  Italy
43  Le Louis XV  France
44  Tantris  Germany
45  Iggy`s  Singapore
46  Quay  Australia
47  Les Ambassadeurs  France
48  Dal Pescatore  Italy
49  Le Calandre  Italy
50  Mathias Dahlgren  Sweden

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