Rene Redzepi (above) and his Noma restaurant in Copenhagen have held onto first place honours at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, hosted in London last night. Redzepi has been hailed for the creative use of indigenous ingredients and thoughtful dishes at his Danish restaurant. Second place went to El Cellar De Can Roca and third to Mugaritz, two restaurants that have taken over for Spain where El Bulli has left off. The Fat Duck in England is down to fifth place while Brazilian restaurant D.O.M moved up 11 places to get seventh position.

A very hearty congratulations to our friend Margot Janse from Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. The restaurant was placed at #36 and makes the top 50 for the 7th consecutive year. It also won Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. The Ledbury in London and chef Brett Graham, who worked under Liam at BANC restaurant in Sydney and who Liam visited in January, came in at #34.

At Chefs Warehouse we have several cookbooks in stock (or available to order) by chefs in this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants:
Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine – Rene Redzepi (#1)
Alinea -Grant Achatz (#6)
The French Laundry; Bouchon; Under Pressure; Ad Hoc At Home – Thomas Keller (#10)
The Complete Robuchon – Joel Robuchon (#14)
Reinventing French Cuisine – Pierre Gagniere (#16)
On The Line; A Return To Cooking – Eric Ripert (#18)
Momofuko – David Chang (#40)
Spoon, Food & Wine; Ducasse Flavours of France – Alain Ducasse (#45)