A Spanish Restaurant Was Just Named The Best In The World

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El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

For the first time in four years, a new restaurant has been crowned The World's Best: El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain.

The restaurant took the top spot on the prestigious annual list  published by Restaurant magazine and co-sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

The magazine released its 2013 list today during an awards ceremony in London.

El Celler de Can Roca ranked #2 last year. It's run by three Catalan brothers, the Rocas, who grew up working in their mother's restaurant nearby. They serve native Catalan fare with a cutting-edge twist, using molecular gastronomy and creative displays to turn food into art.

The restaurant also has three Michelin stars, and serves a tasting menu that starts at  €135 ($176).

According to World's 50 Best:

Head chef Joan is alone a cook of the very highest order: he helped pioneer the widespread use of sous-vide cooking in the ’90s via his Roner machine, and is a technical maestro. Josep is the head sommelier who runs the supremely smooth front-of-house operation: understated but passionate. Jordi is the rule-breaking pastry chef whose creations blow the imagination.

The standout dish at the restaurant is a c harcoal-grilled king prawn, king-prawn sand, ink rocks, fried legs, head juice and king prawn essence, according to World's 50 Best.

2013 marks the first time in four years that Noma — the Copenhagen restaurant known for serving "foraged" fare  — did not take the top spot.

Noma, where dinner for two can run upwards of $900, received some bad press earlier this year when dozens of diners got sick with a norovirus after eating there.

The World's 50 Best list, widely considered to be the definitive list of top restaurants around the globe, is decided by a group of 900 industry insiders around the world.

You can see the full list of winners below:

#50 Central (Peru) *new entry

#49 Septime (France)  *new entry

#48 Quay (Australia)

#47 The French Laundry (USA)

#46 Mani (Brazil)  *new entry

#45 Geranium (Denmark)

#44  Asador Etxebarrri (Spain)

#43 Mr. And Mr. Bunch (China)  *new entry

#42  Schloss Schauenstein (Switzerland)

#41 Piazza Duomo (Italy)  *new entry

#40 Combal Zero (Italy) *re-entry

#39  8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana (Hong Kong)  *new entry

#38 Restaurant Andre (Singapore)  *new entry

#37 Villa Joya (Portugal)

#36 Amber (Hong Kong)

#35 Oud Sluis (Netherlands)

#34  Fäviken (Sweden)

#33 The Fat Duck (UK)

#32 Nahm (Thailand)

#31 Biko (Mexico)

#30 Aqua (Germany)

#29 Daniel (USA)

#28 Mirazur (France)

#27 Le Calandre (Italy)

#26  Quique Dacosta Restaurant (Spain)

#25 Hof Van Cleve (Belgium)

#24  L'atelier De Joel Robuchon Paris (France)

#23 L'astrance (France)

#22  Nihonryori Ryugin (Japan)

#21 Attica (Australia) *highest new entry and best in Australasia

#20 Narisawa (Japan) *best in Asia

#19 Le Bernardin (USA)

#18  Le Chateaubriand (France)

#17 Pujol (Mexico)

#16  L'arpege (France)

#15 Alinea (USA) *chefs choice

#14 Astrid y Gaston (Peru) *highest climber

#13 The Ledbury (UK)

#12  Frantzen & Lindeberg (Sweden)

#11 Per Se (USA)

#10 Vendome (Germany)

#9 Steirereck (Austria)

#8 Arzak (Spain)

#7 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (UK)

#6 D.O.M. (Brazil) *best in South America

#5 Eleven Madison Park (USA) *best in USA

#4 Mugaritz (Spain)

#3  Osteria Francescana (Italy)

#2 Noma (Denmark)

#1 El Celler de Can Roca (Spain)

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