The Danish establishment Geranium, led by chef Rasmus Kofoed in Copenhagen, was crowned Monday evening in London “best restaurant in the world 2022”, during the 20e anniversary of the influential “50 Best Restaurants” ranking, which again this year shunned French chefs.
The Peruvian restaurant Central, in Lima, comes second in this ranking of the 50 best restaurants in the world established by the specialized British magazine Restaurant, the most coveted in the world gastronomy.
Two Spanish restaurants follow, the Barcelona establishment Disfrutar (3rd) and the Madrid-based Diverxo (4th).
This is the second consecutive year that a Danish restaurant has been crowned, the Geranium, second in the “50 Best” last year, succeeding the Noma.
Inspired by nature, its chef Rasmus Kofoed won the Bocuse d'or in 2011, and his establishment received the country's first three Michelin stars in 2016.
Colombia's Leonor Espinosa also received the prize for the “best female chef in the world”, succeeding the Peruvian Pía León. His restaurant Leo, in Bogota, ranks 48th.
Like last year, only three French restaurants, all Parisian, were distinguished in the top 50: Septime, by Bertrand Grébaud, which moved up two places to settle in 22nd place, Le Clarence by Christophe Pelé, a newcomer (28th ), and Arpège by Alain Passard, relegated to 31st position (-8 places).
Located in 41st place in 2021, Alléno Paris at the Pavillon Ledoyen, by Yannick Alléno, fell to 58th square. The second part of the top 100, unveiled upstream at the beginning of July, honored a total of five tricolor tables, including the Marseille AM of Alexandre Mazzia, awarded him the prize of “chef to follow”.
“50 Best” has been awarded since 2002 by 1080 “independent experts” (chefs, specialized journalists, restaurant owners…) who rate their experiences over the past 18 months under the aegis of the magazine Restaurant du British press group William Reed.
Divided into 27 regions of the world, with 40 voters each, they can vote for 10 restaurants, including at least three outside their region.
The ceremony, originally planned in Moscow, was relocated to London in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.
No Russian table was on the list, in accordance to what the organizers announced in March.
The legitimacy of this ranking, sponsored by several brands, is regularly disputed, in particular by French chefs who accuse it of complacency and opacity. In response, its detractors, French, but also Japanese and American, launched “La liste” in 2015, a ranking of 1,000 tables around the world.