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World's 50 best restaurants: Noma reclaims its No. 1 title

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Noma in Copenhagen was named the No. 1 restaurant on the annual list of the "World's 50 Best Restaurants"

Noma in Copenhagen was named the No. 1 restaurant on the annual list of the "World's 50 Best Restaurants" at an awards ceremony Monday at the Guildhall in London. The four-time champ reclaimed its title after Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca, which came in at No. 2, knocked chef Rene Redzepi's restaurant from its perch last year. 

In creating the list, Restaurant magazine each year compiles opinions from more than 900 international gourmands from the Diners Club World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy. The chefs, restaurateurs and food critics vote for their "bests" based on personal experience at restaurants around the world.

The ceremony was packed with some of the biggest names in the restaurant industry, chatting and sipping Champagne in the fuschia-lit hall. The chefs stood out with turquoise silk scarves draped around their necks, reported Los Angeles Times columnist and academy member S. Irene Virbila, who attended the ceremony.   

Fergus Henderson of St. John in London received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the award for Best Female Chef went to Helena Rizzo of Mani in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Chef's Choice Award went to Alex Atala of D.O.M. in Sao Paulo. 

Gaggan in Bangkok claimed the award for Highest New Entry, while Central, in Lima, Peru, was awarded Highest Climber. 

Saison in San Francisco received the award for One to Watch, and World's Best Pastry Chef went to Jordi Roca of El Celler de Can Roca. The Sustainable Restaurant Award went to Azurmendi, just outside Bilbao, Spain. 

There are seven U.S. restaurants on the list this year: Eleven Madison Park in New York (No. 4); Alinea in Chicago (No. 9); Le Bernardin in New York (No. 21); Per Se in New York (No. 30); Daniel in New York (No. 40); the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. (No. 44); and Coi in San Francisco (No. 49).  

Here's the full list of winners:

1. Noma, Copenhagen
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
4. Eleven Madison Park, New York 
5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
6. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
7. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
8. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
9. Alinea, Chicago 
10. The Ledbury, London
11. Mirazur, Menton, France
12. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
13. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
14. Narisawa, Tokyo
15. Central, Lima, Peru
16. Steirereck, Vienna
17. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
18. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
19. Fäviken, Sweden
20. Pujol, Mexico City
21. Le Bernardin, New York
22. Vila Joya, Albufeira, Portugal
23. Frantzén/Lindeberg, Stockholm
24. Amber, Hong Kong
25. L'Arpege, Paris 
26. Azurmendi, Vizcaya, Spain
27. Le Chateaubriand, Paris
28. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
29. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
30. Per Se, New York
31. L'Atelier Saint Germain, Paris
32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
33. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo
34. Asador Extebarri, Vizcaya, Spain
35. Martín Berasategui, Guipúzcoa, Spain
36. Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
37. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
38. L'Astrance, Paris
39. Piazza Duomo, Piemonte, Italy
40. Daniel, New York
41. Quique Dacosta, Alicante, Spain
42. Geranium, Copenhagen
43. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
44. The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.
45. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
46. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
47. Fat Duck, Berkshire, England
48. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
49. Coi, San Francisco
50. Waku Ghin, Singapore

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