Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca has regained its title as the world’s best restaurant.
It beat previous winner Noma, with which it has alternated the top honour in recent years.
The Girona restaurant has been run by three brothers for almost three decades. It is described as “hospitality at its finest.”
Other notable winners include Helene Darroze at her eponymous Paris restaurant and at the Connaught in London, named the World’s Best Female Chef; and French chef Daniel Boulud, best known for the New York-based Daniel, who picked up this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards, now in their 14th edition, have become a coveted honour for high-end restaurants around the world, rivaling the longstanding Michelin guides.
But this year’s ceremony arrived amid recent criticism over its voting process.
The list, organised by trade publication Restaurant magazine since 2002, is based on the personal experiences of more than 1,000 chefs, restaurateurs and food experts, rather than according to a pre-determined criteria.
A French group called “Occupy 50 Best” launched a petition in protest, accusing organisers of sexism, bias and a lack of transparency in the judging system.
Ahead of the countdown, Group Editor William Drew said that organisers had brought in consultancy firm Deloitte this year as an independent adjudicator to oversee the voting process.
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