Monday, 3 May 2010

The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, 2010: As it happened...


 

Eyjafjallajokull would have been the word on everybody's lips, if they could pronounce it, leading up to the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards in London. Fortunately, the Icelandic volcano decided to stop spewing its ash into Europe's airspace in the days leading up to the prestigious event, and the world's best chefs and greediest media were able to convene upon the historic Guildhall for a night that was to signal a new order for the world's top restaurants. Here's how it unfolded.




Ferran Adria of El Bulli arrives alongside Juan Mari Arzak of Arzak, and, as if by magic, some journalists appear.




Heston Blumenthal grabs a cheeky kiss, hoping that journalists and nosy bloggers would be more interested in the man wearing Noddy Holder's trousers behind him. You were wrong, Heston.




Richard Haward's oysters proved a popular source of zinc at the Slow Food Market inside the Guildhall. Special mentions must also go to Oliver's Cider & Perry and Butford Organics for their fine, crisp English perry (both from Herefordshire), not to mention Great Glen Game of Inverness-shire for their dry-cured, oak-smoked wild venison. Needless to say, it was all duly sampled.




Either somebody's wearing a hilarious pair of shoes, or Eckart Witzigmann is merely delighted at receiving the  2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. Rainer Becker, co-founder of Zuma restaurant,  presents the gong to the legendary Austrian chef.




Ferran Adria gets emotional as he receives a special 'chef of the decade' award, sparking a flurry of whispers as to a possible change at the top of the 50 Best list.




And the whisperers were right. Rene Redzepi of Noma scoops the prize as his Copenhagen restaurant is named the best restaurant in the world, 2010.


 
For a moment it looks like Redzepi has had one of Heston Blumenthal's dodgy oysters, but the Dane is merely showing his gut-felt appreciation for his Gambian dishwasher, Ali. The man whose face adorns the Noma boys' t-shirts was denied a visa for travel to the UK, and was unable to join them for the awards.




Oh-oh! Ferran Adria holds his nose, Heston Blumenthal looks as if he's about to pass out, and (in the background) Fergus Henderson of St John restaurant offers a startled expression. Meanwhile, Juan Mari Arzak chortles cheekily.




"We still on for that Big Mac later?" Heston Blumenthal and Rene Redzepi share a private moment.


   
Their secret dinner-date agreed, Heston and Rene pose for the cameras...




... and some Catalan bloke crashes the party. The men behind the three best restaurants in the world (that is if you pay any attention to awards ceremonies): Heston Blumenthal of The Fat Duck (3rd), Ferran Adria of El Bulli (2nd) and Rene Redzepi of Noma (1st).  

The full list is here (1-50) and here (51-100). Sadly, no Middle East restaurants made the top 100.

15 comments:

  1. Great to see a report from someone in our region (slight shade of emerald that it wasn't me!). Really like the comments with your pics.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you Sally, always nice to get feedback. If I hear of any spare tickets going next year, I'll let you know. I was disappointed that no Middle East restaurants made the top 100 this year, but hopefully that will change next time. We need more representation in this event, because this is a big part of the world with some great restaurants.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow! I'll hold you to that promise! What are the top 50 (or even top 10) in the Middle East in your opinion? (And are any in Beirut because I'm going there next week?)!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think it's impossible to talk of top tens in the Middle East, or anywhere else, for that matter as it's such a subjective issue. As others have pointed out, the S. Pellegrino list is good for getting people talking about restaurants, but it can't be definitive. As for Beirut, there are one or two places you can get great Lebanese food, such as Abdel Wahab, Sultan Ibrahim (for seafood), and Le Chef in Gemmayze for its daily dishes and warm welcome (you'll see what I mean). If you go to Byblos, there's a brilliant seafood place overlooking the sea, but the name escapes me. Let me know if you find anywhere good.

    ReplyDelete
  5. The most senseless bottle design in the history of milk bottles - try getting a kid to pour milk on his cereal - even a grown man can't hold it.indian escort in dubai
    Rawabi just lost a customer that had been loyal for 15 years. Even funnier, their email address doesn't work and nobody answers their phones - clearly they're all trying to find a way to hold their bottles!pakistani escorts services in dubai
    dubai indian escorts

    ReplyDelete
  6. We are offering high class Pakistani Escorts in Dubai we have serve most sensuous or beautiful hot girls. Our hot girls are always on the lookout for new ways to make her clients feel happy. Our indian escorts in dubai are sweet and naughty girl with a huge sex appeal and the best escort’s experience. WhatsApp or call today for booking and details +971558396277

    ReplyDelete
  7. World High Class Escorts Agency in Dubai Where You can get Well Mannered Escorts. Our Agency Dubai Desi Escort Provide Top Quality Call Girls in Dubai you can get our Services in Cheap Rate. We also Introduces Indian Escorts in Dubai, Pakistani Escorts in Dubai, Models Escort in Dubai, Student Escorts in Dubai Really Beautiful Girls we provide 24 hour Day And Night Just Call us Now +971553327094

    ReplyDelete
  8. Girls are going so famous in Dubai now..
    last time i was in Dubai and meet with the Most amazing Indian Escorts in Dubai. Dxb Royals is the most Honest Agency in Dubai with the Cute girl you must Visit Dxb Royals
    Pakistani Escorts in Dubai
    Escorts in Dubai

    ReplyDelete
  9. Individuals from different nations like indian young ladies and indian escorts in dubai we are giving are the finest indian escorts in dubai. these indian escorts in dubai are constantly perceives how to make your minute striking. +971561616995

    Indian Escorts in Dubai
    Indian and Pakistani Escorts in Dubai
    Pakistani Escorts in Dubai

    https://dubaicallgirls.co/indianescorts.html

    ReplyDelete