There is no predetermined set of criteria, but rather just a simple computation of votes. The judges are divided into 27 different world regions, in which a chairman for each region appoints 30 jurors, including journalists, chefs and restaurateurs and food lovers. Each juror can vote for seven restaurants, and only four are allowed to be from the juror’s region.
Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark has been named the best restaurant in the world for the third year in a row.
The top North American restaurant went to Per Se, which placed at number six. Thomas Keller’s New York fine dining palace beat out his Napa Valley restaurant, French Laundry, which placed at 43. Also on the top ten was Chicago’s Alinea (7) and New York’s Eleven Madison Park (10). Other notable American eateries included Manresa (48) located outside of San Francisco, which returned to the list this year, and Momofuku Ssam Bar (37), Daniel (25) and Le Bernardin (19), all from New York City.