California has only 1 Restaurant among the World’s 50 Best

Apr 28, 2010 by Lisa Newton

In its eighth year, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy — an 806-member panel of the globe’s most venerated chefs, food critics, restaurateurs and gourmands–just released the annual S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010 list.

Disappointingly, the entirety of California has but only one restaurant in the entire list:

The French Laundry, located in Yountville.

Foodies throughout the State might take no solace of this fact. Though many lay claim to being of great status, delight, and a foodie paradise, these claims hold no quarter with 806 of the world’s Best Restaurants Academy.

Arguing against their list, is simply foolish. So what’s the Great State of California to make of this fine mess one might ask?

What does it all Mean?

It means that we have a long way to go in building California fine dining and cuisine to meet other world restaurant standards–calling all entrepreneurs!

We’re a leader in most industries, but as restaurateurs we’re apparently not!

Eight of the restaurants crowned this year — Alinea in Chicago, Illinois; Daniel, Per Se, Le Bernardin, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, wd~50, and Eleven Madison Park in New York; and The French Laundry in Yountville, California — are in the United States, this year’s most honored country.

Of the remaining 42 top finishers, six are in France; Spain and Italy each have five. Here is the full list:

  1. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  2. El Bulli (Roses, Spain)
  3. The Fat Duck (Bray, England)
  4. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
  5. Mugaritz (Errenteria, Spain)
  6. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
  7. Alinea (Chicago, Illinois)
  8. Daniel (New York)
  9. Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain)
  10. Per Se (New York)
  11. Le Chateaubriand (Paris, France)
  12. La Colombe (Cape Town, South Africa)
  13. Pierre Gagnaire (Paris, France)
  14. L’Hotel de Ville – Philippe Rochat (Crissier, Switzerland)
  15. Le Bernardin (New York)
  16. L’Astrance (Paris, France)
  17. Hof Van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)
  18. D.O.M. (São Paolo, Brazil)
  19. Oud Sluis (Sluis, Netherlands)
  20. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
  21. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)
  22. Vendôme (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany)
  23. Chef Dominique (Helsinki, Finland)
  24. Les Créations de Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
  25. Mathias Dahlgren (Stockholm, Sweden)
  26. Momofuku Ssäm Bar (New York)
  27. Quay Restaurant (Sydney, Australia)
  28. Iggy’s (Singapore)
  29. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (Paris, France)
  30. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)
  31. Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek, South Africa)
  32. The French Laundry (Yountville, California)
  33. Martin Berasategui (Lasarte-oria, Spain)
  34. Aqua (Bath, England)
  35. Combal Zero (Rivoli, Italy)
  36. Dal Pescatore (Montava, Italy)
  37. De Librije (Zwolle, Netherlands)
  38. Tetsuya’s (Sydney, Australia)
  39. Jaan Par Andre (Singapore)
  40. Il Canto (Siena, Italy)
  41. Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée (Paris, France)
  42. Oaxen Krog (Oaxen, Sweden)
  43. St. John (London, England)
  44. La Maison Troisgros (Roanne, France)
  45. wd~50 (New York)
  46. Biko (Mexico City, Mexico)
  47. Die Schwarzwaldstube (Baiersbronn, Germany)
  48. Nihonryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan)
  49. Hibiscus (London, England)
  50. Eleven Madison Park (New York)

Travelin’ Local take no joy in reporting this to you; however we do take solace in letting our readers know that opportunity awaits those eager, hungry, and ambitious enough to take on the task of being among the World’s Top 50 Restaurants.

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