El Bulli, The World’s Best Restaurant

April 21st, 2009 - 3:57 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

On Monday, El Bulli, the Spanish restaurant was named the world’s best restaurant for the fourth year in a row at a ceremony in London, though its head chef dedicated the prize to his British runner-up.

The restaurant in Catalonia came top of the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2009 following a poll of more than 800 chefs, restaurant critics and industry insiders for Restaurant Magazine.

El Bulli head chef Ferran Adria said it had been ‘a very important night for Spain’, with Spanish restaurants occupying three of the top five spots.

He also praised Heston Blumenthal, the chef at Britain’s The Fat Duck restaurant, who was forced to temporarily close his establishment earlier this year after a health scare and who came second in Monday’s list.

‘I dedicate this prize to Heston Blumenthal. He has shown me what honesty means in this business…. This prize is for you,’ Adria said.

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