Noma is knocked off No 1 spot in latest S Pellegrino Awards

Renowned for their list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the San Pellegrino Awards are eagerly awaited. But this year, after being at the number position three times, Noma has been knocked down to second place by El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain.

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  1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

The Spanish favourite entered the World’s 50 Best list eight years ago and has somewhat stealthily climbed the rankings since. (2012, #2)

  1. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

Three-time number one Noma continues to take an innovative and inventive approach to both its cooking and its strictly local sourcing and foraging. (2012, #1)

  1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

Bonkers but brilliant mastery from Modena’s main man (2012, #5)

  1. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

Cooking and the conceptual combine for an experience like no other (2012, #3)

  1. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA

From the mysterious string-tied box that kicks off proceedings to the waiter affixing a meat grinder to the table midway through the meal, little can be anticipated. (2012, #10)

  1. D.O.M. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ground-breaking restaurant that champions the Amazon’s enormous larder (2012, #4)

  1. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, England

British culinary history mined to impressive – and delicious – effect (2012, #9)

  1. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain

An iconic Basque eatery that refuses to stand still (2012, #8)

  1. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria

Breaking into the top 10 for the first time this year, Steirereck chef-owner Heinz Reitbauer’s cooking is finally getting the attention it merits. (2012, #11)

  1. Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Germanic ingredients and traditions come to the fore at Wissler's establishment, often in a highly technical, avant-garde manner (2012, #23)