This year’s prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list has just been announced, with Copenhagen restaurant Geranium coming in at number one.
The Danish restaurant, which is co-owned by Rasmus Kofoed and Søren Ledet, went meat-free in 2022, focusing solely on seafood and vegetables. Its tasting menu has around 20 courses, which include creations such as lumpfish roe with milk, kale and apple, and forest mushrooms with beer, smoked egg yolk, pickled hops and rye bread.
“Located on the eighth floor overlooking the beautiful Fælledparken gardens, Geranium invites guests to taste nature while simultaneously observing it around them,” the judges write. “The locally inspired, seasonally-changing ‘Universe’ tasting menu takes place over a minimum of three hours with around 20 courses split evenly between appetisers, savoury dishes and sweets.”
It’s the 20th anniversary of the awards and actor Stanley Tucci hosted the glamorous ceremony, which took place in London on Monday July 18.
Last year, Geranium was ranked number two behind first-placed Noma. René Redzepi’s second incarnation of his Copenhagen fine diner didn't make the list of 100 this year (and as a former winner, isn't eligible to take first place again) but the restaurant was added to the Best of the Best hall of fame.
The highest-ranking Australian restaurant is Melbourne’s Gimlet, which celebrated its first time on the World’s 50 Best longlist, coming in at 84, announced earlier this month.
Last year, Attica and Brae were named in the 51 to 100 category. This year they’re nowhere to be seen.
“It’s an amazing honour to be included on the list and great validation of the incredible work the entire team at Gimlet has put in,” said Gimlet restaurateur Andrew McConnell earlier this month.
The lists are compiled by a 1000-strong team of panellists, namely chefs, restaurateurs and journalists who’ve eaten at the world’s finest diners. Second place went to Central in Lima, Peru. Third place went to Disfrutar in Barcelona, Spain. Fourth place was awarded to Diverxo in Madrid, Spain.
The awards have faced criticism over the years for being Eurocentric and for some controversial decisions, including the time bartender and author Charles Schumann received an Industry Icon award even after he claimed, “A bar is no place for a woman”. He returned the award days later.
See the full list of winners at theworlds50best.com.