Celebrating the Newest Class of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

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Diners Club International interviews Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima, Peru – No. 14 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 list

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants were crowned last week, with NOMA in Copenhagen, Denmark, edging out last year’s first place winner, El Celler de Can Roca from Girona, Spain, to regain this highly coveted spot. This was one of many crescendos during what’s been called “The Oscars of the Restaurant World” by observers and winners.

Representing Diners Club International®, it was my great honor to present the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award to Chef Fergus Henderson, who received an enthusiastic standing ovation from his contemporaries and the wider audience. Having pioneered the nose-to-tail cooking style, and with his London restaurant St. John placing at No. 55 on this year’s list, Chef Henderson is a culinary legend who commands the respect of not only his fellow chefs, but of foodies all around the world.

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From left to right: William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Restaurant magazine, Fergus Henderson and Eduardo Tobon

The full top 50 list can be found on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants site, but here is a glimpse of the top 10 restaurants:

NOMA (Copenhagen, Denmark)

El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)

Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)

Eleven Madison Park (New York, United States)

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London, United Kingdom)

Mugaritz (San Sebastián, Spain)

D.O.M. (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain)

Alinea (Chicago, United States)

The Ledbury (London, United Kingdom)

This is our second year as The Official Financial Services Sponsor for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and we were on the ground interviewing chefs (see last year’s interview playlist), live tweeting event highlights, and welcoming guests to our branded event space. Featured in this space was an eye-catching ice and jelly sculpture of London landmarks, produced by Britain’s well-known experience designers, Bompas & Parr:

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The awards celebration was slotted in between two other related events to mark important elements of the overall World’s 50 Best collaboration. First on April 27, the Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy – which is the voting body that selects each year’s winners – held their yearly meeting, followed by dinner at acclaimed UK pub The Hand and Flowers.

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And on April 29, the winning restaurants and their chefs were feted during the Chef’s Lunch at London’s newest dining hot spot, The Chiltern Firehouse, which opened in late February.

We are excited to continue the conversation through our soon-to-be-released video interviews of chefs from the awards and ongoing content that aims to bring you an insider’s look into these restaurants. To view exclusive offers at other fine restaurants and merchants throughout the world, visit Diners Club Privileges.

Most importantly, we applaud all the winning restaurants and wish them ongoing success. Our heartfelt congratulations goes to the chefs and their tireless teams for working hard, innovating, and making fine dining history!

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