May 1 - Danish restaurant ''Noma'' wins top accolade in ''World's 50 Best Restaurants'' list for third year in a row. Sonia Legg reports.
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The world's top chefs gather in London for the restaurant Oscars.
A place on the World's 50 Best Restaurant List is worth a lot of truffles, as Massimo Bottura - chef at Italy's Osteria Francescana - appreciates.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHEF MASSIMO BOTTURA, SAYING:
"For a small restaurant like mine in a small town like Modena, being on a list like this means attracting people. It means being recognised as what you do everyday is that you're going in the right direction and this is such an important thing."
The biggest heavyweights in international cuisine made the annual pilgrimage.
This is one event where simple canapes clearly wouldn't do.
The contenders for the top spot were truly global - chefs came from far and wide including Spain and Italy, New York and Brazil
But the winner was a very familiar name.
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Noma is in Denmark. It made it's name from it's innovative cooking and it's turned the city of Copenhagen into a foodie destination
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NOMA CHEF RENE REDZEPI, SAYING:
"What's also amazing is that your region that's seeing all this new curiosity from the world - we've had that before of course but usually that's for design or Hans Christian Anderson or something like that - this is a new thing and it gives us confidence, this whole generation of new chefs just gets a confidence boost and it's just amazing to be part of that and this adds to the momentum that's happening."
Other winners included Thomas Keller from California's French Laundry. He won a lifetime achievement award.
And Elena Arzak from Spain who won was best female chef.
But once again it was Noma's night - their unique Nordic cuisine earning them their industry's ultimate accolade.
Sonia Legg, Reuters.
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