World’s best restaurants for 2022 revealed

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(CNN) — It’s another good year for Copenhagen as, for the second year in a row, a restaurant in the Danish capital has been named the best on earth. 50 Best Restaurants in the World Awards

Geranium serves a meat-free, seasonal Scandi menu in the unusual setting of the eighth floor of Denmark’s national soccer stadium. It is open only four days a week, a choice made by head chef Rasmus Kofod and co-owner Søren Ledet to maintain a work-life balance.

The two friends embraced as they celebrated their award wins at a lavish ceremony on Monday night in London’s Old Billingsgate, a Victorian building that was once the world’s largest fish market. Hollywood actor and CNN presenter Stanley Tucci hosted the ceremony, looking dapper in a white tuxedo jacket. UK’s hottest day of the year.

Restaurants are only allowed to receive the awards’ top prize once, after which they are entered into a separate “Best of the Best” program. Members of that elite group include Geranium’s Copenhagen neighbor Noma, as well as Eleven Madison Park in New York, The Fat Duck near London, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and Mirazur in Menton, France.

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South American restaurants also did well. In Lima, chefs Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leone’s Central climbed two spots to second place, while Maido, which serves Japanese-Peruvian fusion, slipped to 11th.

Brazil’s A Caso do Porco — a celebration of all things — climbs 10 places to No. 7.

Spain’s performance this year was also solid. Barcelona’s Disfrutar was at No. 3, Madrid’s Diverxo jumped to fourth, while Larabetzu’s Asador Etxebarri — where all dishes, even desserts, are flame-grilled — slipped to 6th.

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Mexico City was represented by fifth-place winner Pujol — this year’s best restaurant in North America — and Quintonil, which climbed all the way from last year’s No.27 to the No.9 spot.

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Italy’s Lido 84 and Le Calendre have also moved up the rankings this year. Uliassi, in Italy’s Senigallia region, had the highest new entry this year – at number 12.

Asia-based restaurants don’t make an appearance until No.20, with Den in Tokyo earning the top spot on this year’s list.

In the 20 years the awards have been running, no restaurant outside of Europe or North America has ever won a World’s 50 Best award. All winners so far have come from Spain, United States, UK, Denmark, Italy and France.

50 Best Restaurants in the World

2. Central (Lima, Peru) *Best Restaurant in South America*
5. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) *Best Restaurant in North America*
8. Lido 84 (Gardone Riviera, Italy)
15. Relay (Castel di Sangro, Italy)
20. Dan (Tokyo, Japan) *Best Restaurant in Asia*
37. Finn (Cape Town, South Africa)
39. Sorn (Bangkok, Thailand)
47. otech (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
48. Lion (Bogotá, Colombia)
49. echoey (London, England)

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