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Monday, June 1, 2015

French Laundry is the 50th Best Restaurant in the World

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM

click to enlarge Moulard Duck at the French Laundry. - LEENAEATS.COM
  • Moulard Duck at the French Laundry.

Well, that was a squeaker. The World's 50 Best Restaurants were announced earlier today in London, and Thomas Keller’s French Laundry just barely made the cut, falling six places from its 2014 ranking of 44th best. Coi, last year’s 49th best, tumbled out of the Top 50 altogether.

The rankings, which figure as a highbrow equivalent of the announcement of a royal baby name, have come under attack for their opaque methodology and for the fact that the list skews heavily European and heavily male. (Occupy 50 Best is a protest movement critiquing the alleged failures of the meritocracy, and perhaps it will channel the discontent in the years to come.) Eater’s Ryan Sutton argued that Thomas Keller was also overrepresented; including both the French Laundry and Per Se makes no sense because “ environments notwithstanding, they're essentially the same restaurant.”

New York’s Eleven Madison Park (#5) was the top-ranked American eatery. The top two restaurants in the world are now Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy and number one El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, a family-run establishment that opened in 1986 and whose website appears to be crashing right now. Noma, the Rene Redzepi’s Danish paradise of fermented wild plums and wild beach roses, fell to third. Now let's get back to nuking our lunches in the microwave and eating in front of our laptops.

[Via Business Insider]

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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