Eleven Madison Avenue in New York, run by Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, was crowned the world’s best restaurant, leapfrogging defending champ Osteria Francescano of Modena, Italy, and former winner El Celler de Can Roca of Girona, Spain, now in third place. Humm’s signature dishes include roast duck and celery root cooked in a pig’s bladder.
The Clove Club came in a number 26, no change from last year, but The Ledbury dropped from 14 to 27. There will be an added piquancy in the result for the Clove Club’s chef and co-founder Isaac McHale, who used to work under Brett Graham at The Ledbury. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, in Knightsbridge, is the only other British restaurant in the top 50. Mr B was recognised by a lifetime achievement award, although there was no place on this year’s list for the Fat Duck, his former number one.
Dominique Ansel (pictured), the New York-based French pÃ¢tissier famous for his invention of the “cronut”, who has a London bakery in Victoria, was declared the world’s best pastry chef.
The world’s best list is complied by an “academy” of 1,000 chefs and industry experts, brought together by Restaurant magazine.