April 29, 2014

The World's Top 50 Restaurants- 2014

Chef Group Shot © The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014 sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna and onEdition Photography, the official photographers for 2014
So far this season, I have reported on the Gulddraken awards, Stockholm Steakhouse awards, White Guide and Michelin Guide. Now it is time for the last restaurant awards of the season... the World's Top 50 Restaurants. Organized by Restaurant Magazine, this list is created through voting by the 900 strong Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. This academy is made up of international leaders in the restaurant industry.
Interior Restaurant Frantzén. Photo by Martin Botvidsson
This year's list has been a mixed bag for Swedish restaurants. Fäviken Magasinet, located in the northern county of Jämtland, has moved up the list to #19 (from #34 last year). For Stockholm restaurants, Frantzén moved down a few notches, from #12 last year to #23 this year. I believe that this is just a temporary "setback" for the restaurant (they changed from Frantzén/Lindeberg to Frantzén last year, shortly after the 2013 list was announced), and next year they will climb back up. And 23rd best restaurant in the world is definitely something to be proud of! I have eaten there myself and it was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had... sadly it was before I started writing this blog, so no article.
Please keep in mind that dining at Frantzén requires some pre-planing and booking in advance! If you are going to be staying at the Rival Hotel, contact me directly for help in reserving a table.
Björn Frantzén. Photo by Fredrik Skogkvist.
I can't write this article without congratulating our Scandinavian neighbors... Noma, in Copenhagen, regained their #1 spot this year. Fantastic good news for Nordic cuisine in general! And don't forget, the Bocuse d'Or Europe competition will be held in Stockholm in May (more to come on that).

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