“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.