Danish eatery Geranium, headed by chef Rasmus Kofoed in Copenhagen, was named “Best Restaurant in the World 2022” in London on Monday night to mark the 20th anniversary of the influential “50 Best Restaurants” ranking, taking place again this year, avoiding French cooks.
The Peruvian restaurant “Central” in Lima ranks second in this ranking of the 50 best restaurants in the world, prepared by the British magazine for restaurant, the most coveted in world gastronomy.
Two Spanish tables follow, the Barcelona-based “Disfrutar” (3rd) and the Madrid “Diverxo” (4th).
This is the second year in a row that a Danish restaurant has been crowned, ‘Geranium’, second in the ’50 Best’ last year and succeeding ‘Noma’.
Nature-inspired chef Rasmus Kofoed won the Bocuse d’or in 2011 and his establishment received the country’s first three Michelin stars in 2016.
The Colombian Leonor Espinosa also received the award for the “best cook in the world” as the successor to the Peruvian Pía León. His Leo restaurant in Bogota ranks 48th.
As in the previous year, only three French restaurants, all Parisian, were recognized in the top 50: “Septime” by Bertrand Grébaud, which climbed two places and settled at 22nd place, “Le Clarence” by Christophe Pelé, newcomer (28 ) and “Arpège” by Alain Passard, which fell to 31st place (-8 places).
“Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen” by Yannick Alléno, which was ranked 41st in 2021, fell to 58th place. The second part of the Top 100, unveiled upstream in early July, honored a total of five Tricolor tables, including Alexandre Mazzia’s Marseille AM, which gave him the Chef to Follow award.
“50 Best” has been awarded since 2002 by 1,080 “independent experts” (chefs, specialist journalists, restaurant owners, etc.) who, under the auspices of the British press group’s “Restaurant” magazine, have rated their experiences over the past 18 months by William Reed.
Distributed in 27 regions of the world with 40 voters each, they can vote for 10 restaurants, at least three of which are outside their region.
The ceremony, originally scheduled in Moscow, was moved to London following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.
There was also no Russian table on the list, as the organizers announced in March.
The legitimacy of this multi-brand sponsored classification is regularly disputed, particularly by French chefs who accuse it of complacency and opacity. In response, its critics, French but also Japanese and American, launched “La liste” in 2015, a ranking of 1000 tables around the world.