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World’s best restaurants for 2022 revealed

Written by The Frontier Post

(CNN): It’s another good year for Copenhagen as, for the second year in a row, a restaurant in the Danish capital has been named the best on the planet at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.

Geranium serves a meat-free, seasonally based Scandi menu in the unusual environs of the eighth floor of Denmark’s national soccer stadium. It’s open just four days a week, a choice made by head chef Rasmus Kofoed and co-owner Søren Ledet in order to keep to an ethos of work-life balance.

The two friends hugged joyfully as they celebrated winning their award at a lavish ceremony held Monday night in London’s Old Billingsgate, a Victorian building that was once the world’s largest fish market. Hollywood actor and CNN presenter Stanley Tucci hosted the ceremony, resplendent in a white tuxedo jacket on what was the UK’s hottest day of the year.

Restaurants are only permitted to scoop the awards’ top prize once, after which they’re entered into a separate “Best of the Best” program. Members of that elite group include Geranium’s Copenhagen neighbor Noma, as well as New York’s Eleven Madison Park, The Fat Duck near London, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and Mirazur in Menton, France.

The rest of the list

South American restaurants also fared well. In Lima, chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León’s Central climbed two places to the second spot, while Maido, which serves Japanese-Peruvian fusion, slipped down to No. 11.

Brazil’s A Caso do Porco — a celebration of all things porcine — climbed 10 places to No.7.

Spain’s showing this year was also solid. Barcelona’s Disfrutar was at No. 3, Madrid’s Diverxo shot up to fourth place, while Larrabetzu’s Asador Etxebarri — where all dishes, even dessert, are flame-grilled — slipped down to No. 6.

Mexico City was represented by fifth place winner Pujol — this year’s Best Restaurant in North America — and Quintonil, which climbed all the way from last year’s No.27 to land in the No. 9 spot.

Italy’s Lido 84 and Le Calandre also moved up the rankings this year. Uliassi, in Italy’s Senigallia region, was — at No. 12 — this year’s Highest New Entry.

It’s not until No.20 that an Asia-based restaurant makes an appearance, with Den in Tokyo earning the highest place on this year’s list.

In the 20 years the awards have been running, no restaurant outside Europe or North America has ever won the World’s 50 Best prize. All winners so far have come from Spain, the United States, the UK, Denmark, Italy and France.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in full

  1. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. Central, Lima, Peru
  3. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
  4. Diverxo, Madrid, Spain
  5. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  6. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
  7. A Casa do Porco, in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  8. Lido 84, Gardone Riviera, Italy
  9. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  10. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  11. Maido, Lima, Peru
  12. Uliassi, Senigallia, Italy
  13. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  14. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  15. Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy
  16. Elkano, Getaria, Spain
  17. Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany
  18. Alchemist, Copenhagen, Denmark
  19. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  20. Den, Tokyo, Japan
  21. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  22. Septime, Paris, France
  23. The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
  24. The Chairman, Hong Kong
  25. Frantzen, Stockholm, Sweden
  26. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
  27. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
  28. Le Clarence, Paris, France
  29. St Hubertus, San Cassiano, Italy
  30. Florilege, Tokyo, Japan
  31. Arpege, Paris, France
  32. Mayta, Lima, Peru
  33. Atomix, New York, USA
  34. Hisa Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
  35. The Clove Club, London, UK
  36. Odette, Singapore
  37. Fyn, Cape Town, South Africa
  38. Jordnaer, Copenhagen, Denmark
  39. Sorn, Bangkok, Thailand
  40. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
  41. La Cime, Osaka, Japan
  42. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
  43. Borago, Santiago, Chile
  44. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
  45. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  46. Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal
  47. Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  48. Leo, Bogota, Colombia
  49. Ikoyi, London, UK
  50. SingleThread, Healdsburg, USA

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