Copenhagen's Noma regains title of world's best restaurant

Chef Rene Redzepi's Noma took back first place on this year's list of "World’s 50 Best Restaurants."
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   April 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 28 (UPI) -- Danish restaurant Noma, renowned for its devotion to local produce and innovative use of foraged ingredients, has once again topped Restaurant Magazine's influential list of the "World's 50 Best Restaurants."

Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca unseated Noma on 2013's list, but fell back to second place when the results were announced Monday at a London ceremony.

"It's too [expletive] crazy!" Rene Redzepi, Noma's head chef, said in his acceptance speech. "Thank you for believing in us."

"In the last year my staff and I looked into each others' eyes and said 'let's just really really work hard,'" Redzepi said of his restaurant's year in second place. "We made a plan and said 'let's make this the best year we've ever had.'"

Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy, took third place, while Eleven Madison Park in New York City was the highest-ranking American restaurant at No. 4.

London's Dinner by Heston Blumenthal rounded out the top five.

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