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Friday, April 17, 2009

9 New Restaurants make it onto the 2009 S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants List

Over the past eight years the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards has established itself as the most credible guide to the best places to eat on earth. As a host of new talent finds itself on to the list, who will have made way for the 9 newcomers?

A restaurant’s ranking is decided purely on the votes of a large panel of well respected international judges collectively called the Nespresso World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. The Academy comprises of 806 chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and restaurant critics, a third of whom did not vote in the previous year.

For the first time since the creation of the Nespresso World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy we see a restaurant from Japan, another from Singapore and another from Austria feature on the list. Meanwhile a solitary chef manages the extraordinary feat of being the only restaurateur to see two of his restaurants in the top 50.

In addition to the Best Restaurant in the world title the chefs and restaurateurs also await news of the prestigious Acqua Panna Best Continental Awards. These awards are bestowed upon the highest-ranking restaurant in Europe, Asia, The Middle East and Africa, North and South America, and Australasia.

Last month after all of the votes had been counted and the top 50 restaurants established, the head chefs of these extraordinary establishments were asked to nominate the restaurant which they considered to be the best in the world. The Chefs’ Choice Award is the ultimate honour a chef’s peers can bestow. This year’s recipient will be picking up this prestigious award for the first time.

Flying in from around the world to hear the announcement live will be Spain’s Ferran Adrià, the highest ranking chef for the past three years. He will join English maverick Heston Blumenthal to discover whether they have held on to their top spots. Michelin’s most highly awarded chef Joel Robuchon will be crossing the channel to pick up the Laurent Perrier Lifetime Achievement Award fresh from opening his latest restaurant. It is the biggest chefs’ night off of the year after all.

Action Against Hunger, one of the leading international organisations in the fight against malnutrition, has been chosen as the adopted charity of The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Compassionate food lovers across the globe can secure a reservation at many of the restaurants on the list by bidding on e-Bay for a meal, with all proceeds going to the charity. Bidding begins 21st April.




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