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The Catalan ‘El Celler de Can Roca’ recognised again as the world’s second best restaurant

For the second year in a row, ‘Restaurant Magazine’ has awarded ‘El Celler de Can Roca’ the second position in the world’s top restaurant ranking. The Catalan chef Joan Roca runs this restaurant in Girona together with his brothers Josep and Jordi, who take care of wines and desserts respectively. The Roca brothers with their 3 Michelin star restaurant represent Catalan cuisine, after Ferran Adrià decided to close El Bulli last summer and reopen it again in 2014 but turn it into the ‘El Bulli Foundation’. Copenhagen’s ‘Noma’ continues being at the top of the best world restaurant list. The Basque restaurants ‘Mugaritz’ and ‘Arzak’ hold third and eighth positions respectively.

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02 May 2012 10:08 PM

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ACN / Laura Pous / Marina Caubet

London (ACN).- \u2018El Celler de Can Roca\u2019, located in the Catalan city of Girona, has been recognised again as the world\u2019s second best restaurant. On Monday evening in London, \u2018Restaurant Magazine\u2019 organised a gala to announce the names of the 50 best restaurants in the world. For the second consecutive year, the restaurant run by the Roca brothers is considered the second best restaurant in the world, after they already received the distinction in 2011. The chef Joan Roca runs the kitchen of \u2018El Celler de Can Roca\u2019, originally a family restaurant that was revamped and entered gastronomy\u2019s star system several years ago. Joan Roca runs this 3 Michelin Star restaurant together with his two brothers: Jordi, who takes care of the desserts, and Josep, the house sommelier. Joan Roca said he and his team would continue, \u201Cworking with the same excitement, the same will, and the same joy as always\u201D. \u2018El Celler de Can Roca\u2019 has become the flagship of the cuisine made in Catalonia after the famed Catalan chef Ferran Adrià decided to close El Bulli, which had been considered for many years as the best restaurant in the world. Adrià was also present in the \u2018Restaurant Magazine\u2019 gala, to promote Catalan cuisine and to announce he will open a restaurant in London similar to the one opened in Barcelona together with his brother Albert, called \u201841º\u2019, based on small bites, seafood and cocktails. The Basque restaurants \u2018Mugaritz\u2019 and \u2018Arzak\u2019 have been respectively ranked in third and eighth positions on the world\u2019s best restaurants list.


The Catalan \u2018El Celler de Can Roca\u2019 has been recognised as the second best restaurant in the world after the Danish \u2018Noma\u2019, run by René Redzepi and based in an old warehouse at Copenhagen Port. \u2018Noma\u2019 has been awarded this distinction for the third year in a row. In 2010 it took the throne as the best restaurant in the world from \u2018El Bulli\u2019, located in Catalonia\u2019s Costa Brava and run by the Catalan chef Ferran Adrià. In fact, René Redzepi was one of Adrià\u2019s pupils in Adrià\u2019s restaurant in the town of Roses. For four years in a row, from 2006 to 2009, and also in 2002, El Bulli, topped Restaurant Magazine\u2019s ranking; and in 2010 it held second position. In 2011, El Bulli was no longer included in the ranking of the 50 best restaurants of the world because it announced it was closing its doors in July, after Ferran Adrià had been recognised as \u201Cthe chef of the decade\u201D. In fact, Adrià decided to close El Bulli to reopen it again in 2014 transformed into the \u2018El Bulli Foundation\u2019, which will no longer be a regular restaurant but a research centre, exploring the links between food, arts and design.

Despite \u2018Noma\u2019, \u2018El Celler de Can Roca\u2019 and \u2018Mugaritz\u2019 repeating last year\u2019s podium, the gala offered some surprises. Brazil\u2019s \u2018D.O.M.\u2019, run by Alex Atala, passed from seventh to  fourth position in the ranking. Last year\u2019s number 4, Italy\u2019s \u2018Osteria Francescana\u2019, was recognised as the fifth best restaurant in 2012. The sixth position was for the North American \u2018Per Se\u2019. Heston Blumenthal\u2019s \u2018Dinner\u2019 has entered the ranking this year and is in ninth position.

Joan Roca will continue to work \u201Cwith the same excitement as always\u201D

After the restaurant he runs was awarded the second best restaurant in the world, Joan Roca told ACN he was \u201Cvery calm\u201D. Roca said he and his team would continue, \u201Cworking with the same excitement, the same will, and the same joy as always\u201D. \u201CWe maintain these privileged positions, which are very important, which deserve a lot of merit looking at the level [of the other restaurants], looking at the strength of other restaurants from throughout the world\u201D, he added. Joan Roca also said that this recognition will make food lovers and \u201Cgourmets from all over the world come to Catalonia to get to know\u201D his restaurant and Catalan cuisine, and also \u201Cspend some days in our country\u201D. Finally, Joan Roca thanked the votes he received and promised not to let his followers down, as he will continue, \u201Cmaking the cuisine I like\u201D, \u201Cfrom home, where I feel very comfortable\u201D.

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  • Joan Roca before entering the Restaurant Magazine gala in London (by L. Pous)

  • Joan Roca before entering the Restaurant Magazine gala in London (by L. Pous)