The World's Two Best Restaurants are in Denmark
At the much-anticipated 2021 version of World's 50 Best, the two leading Copenhagen restaurants noma and Geranium took the top spots.
“It is clear that the world has a new culinary capital," as the host, Ravneet Gill, said when announcing the top two spots in the World's 50 Best Restaurants.
The grand news of the event was that noma, under the lead of René Redzepi, took home the #1 spot. After closing and reopening in 2018, Noma reentered the list at #2 after having topped the list in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Just a few weeks ago, noma also received its third Michelin Star. In their description, World's 50 Best highlights that "No trip to Noma is ever the same, with Redzepi and team constantly foraging for unexpected ingredients and turning them into beautiful plates."
On stage, Redzepi used the chance to thank his team, both in Copenhagen and with him on stage: “I think of you as the best team in the galaxy”. Thinking back at the challenges of the past 18 months, he added: “Knowing that we were together is what made me feel safe”.
Geranium under the lead of Rasmus Kofoed climbed tree spots coming in at #2. In their description of Geranium, World's 50 Best notes: "There are arguably no better chefs in the world than Kofoed at applying beauty to food."
Last week, Geranium chef Ronni Vexøe Mortensen came second in the Bocuse d’Or. The restaurant is located by the National Danish Football Stadium, Telia Parken, in Copenhagen neighborhood Østerbro.
Last week, the list of the World’s 51-100 Best Restaurants were announced. Here two, Danish restaurants made it. Alchemist, led by Rasmus Munk, was #58. Amass, led by American-born chef Matt Orlando, was #89. In the drinks category, cocktail bar TATA was recently included in “50 Best Discovery”.
This top spot means that noma is now out of the future rankings as the rules of World’s 50 Best have changed since noma’s winning streak.
Find more info on the noma legacy and their influence on Danish gastronomy in this press kit.
See the full list of Denmark's 26 Michelin Star restaurants here.