René Redzepi: 'I Don't Consider Noma to be the Best'

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"Of course I don’t consider Noma to be the best in the world," said Redzepi.

René Redzepi, the chef behind the restaurant recently named the best in the world, wants you to know that there is no such thing as the world’s best restaurant.

“Is the color red best in the world this year?” the chef asked from the stage after receiving his award.

“Of course I don’t consider Noma to be the best in the world,” said Redzepi. The chef’s Copenhagen restaurant Noma also earned the top spot consecutively from 2010 until 2012. In 2013, Noma placed second after El Celler de Can Roca, and Redzepi called the return to first place “the biggest surprise I’ve ever had.”

Redzepi’s sentiments also echo those of chef Ferran Adrià, whose restaurant elBulli in Catalonia, Spain was named the world’s best during the first year of the list’s publication in 2002, and then consecutively from 2006 until 2009.

Just moments after Noma was named the leading restaurant, Adrià tweeted a compelling message in English, French, and Spanish:

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