Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca reclaimed its position as the world’s best restaurant. The Girona eatery last year ceded the number one spot on Restaurant magazine’s prestigious 50 Best list to Denmark’s Noma, which was relegated to third place this time around, just after Italy’s Osteria Francescana de Modena.

El Celler de Can Roca has now returned to the top thanks to the strength of the talented Roca brothers who helm it: Joan in the kitchen, sommelier Josep and dessert specialist Jordi, last year recognized as the best pastry chef on the planet. The new victory once again reflects the vitality of Spanish cuisine.

As the countdown wore on, the tension grew, but nerves finally gave way to euphoria after the announcement and the restaurant began to rain cava. In total Spain has establishments among the top 50, with Eneko Atxa’s Azurmendi, in Bizkaia, at number 19, Quique Dacosta’s Dénia resturant in 39th, and Albert Adrià’s Barcelona-based Tickets in 42nd place. Chef David Muñoz’s from restaurant DiverXO, the only restaurant in Madrid with three Michelin stars, jumped from 94th in 2014 to 59th place this year. The imminent opening of his London restaurant is one of the most hotly anticipated gastronomic events of the year.

 

 

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