An American restaurant may not have walked off with the top spot on this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants list awards, which was sponsored by San Pellegrino and held in London on Sunday night, but the United States tied with
And an infographic published by the founder of the annual awards, Restaurant Magazine, shows countries' influence based on how many restaurants placed in this year's list and their rankings, and the U.S. comes out on top. (Sorry, France.) Spain and France are tied at No. 2.
How so? We've got Eleven Madison in New York at No. 5, Per Se in New York at No. 11,
Of course, the awards wouldn't have much excitement if the same names held the same positions year after year. And if restaurants didn't sometimes drop off the list and then fight their way back the next year. Or leap ahead 21 places, as Astrid y Gaston from
Eight new restaurants made the 2013 list, which is voted on by 936 restaurant professionals and journalists from 26 regions across the world. (I am chairman for the U.S. and Canada West.) These include Septime in Paris, Central in Peru, Mani in Brazil, Mr & Mrs Bund in Shanghai, Piazza Duomo in
After the ceremony, which ended about 9:30 p.m., chefs fanned out across London for more eating and drinking. I don't know where everybody went, but when I arrived at Mark Hix's newish Tramshed for roast chicken and chips, I saw Thomas Keller heading up a big table in the back corner, and a little later, Daniel Boulud -- coif, as always, elegantly in place -- making his way toward the group.
The chicken, when it arrived, was served vertically, legs (and scrawny feet) comically stuck in the air. Washed down with a Spanish rosé from Ribera del Duero, it was just right for the late night moment.