The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is out and Spanish and Latin restaurants made a huge showing with 12 spots (up from 8 last year). And we can’t say we’re surprised! Spanish and Latin restaurants and chefs have been taking the culinary world by storm and have gained popularity with their take on flavors, techniques, and ingredients. Though last year’s top ranked restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca, fell a spot and Rene Redzepi’s Noma claimed the title of the World’s Best Restaurant, we’re still excited to see so many of our favorite chefs and restaurants on the list. Check out highlights below (for a full list click here). And congrats to all the winners!Here’s who landed in the Top 10:
Number 2: El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
Last year’s top restaurant fell a spot to number two. The restaurant was opened in 1986 by brothers Joan and Jordi Roca and dishes up modern Spanish food with a three-Michelin star rating.
Number 6: Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
Mugaritz is often described as an El Bulli experience and indeed, chef Andoni Aduriz prides himself on reinvention and creative takes on Spanish cuisine. In fact, the restaurant closes for a few months every year to redo and revamp their awesome menu.
Number 7: D.O.M., Sao Paolo, Brazil
Alex Atala, the chef and owner of D.O.M. and one of Time's Most Influential People, is back, falling a spot to number seven. The restaurant focuses on Brazilian food using traditional, indigenous ingredients (think Amazon rainforest). And sidenote: last year, D.O.M. was ranked the second best restaurant in all of Latin America on the Latin America 50 Best List.
Number 8: Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
True story: Arzak was founded in 1897 and it’s still going strong. Now it’s helmed by the founders’ grandson, Juan Mari Arzak. Arzak dishes up his take on New Basque Cuisine to critical acclaim. And the talent runs in the family: Arzak’s daughter, Elena, won the S. Pellegrino Best Female Chef Award in 2012.
And here’s who’s rounding out the Top 50:
Number 15: Central, Lima, Peru
Number 18: Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
Number 20: Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
Number 26: Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
Number 34: Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
Number 35: Martin Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain
Number 36: Maní, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Number 41: Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain