UK based Restaurant Magazine has released a list of what a reader survey has decided are the world's 50 best restaurants. And surprise, surprise, not one of them is in Asia. Of course I'm happy for all the hard working people whose businesses made the list and hope that money pours into their pockets like water over Victoria Falls. But this list is about as comprehensive of world wide culinary excellence as the World Series is of excellence in baseball-ery.
So, kudos to you from El Bulli (no. 1) through Les Ambassadeurs (no. 50), but shame on you Restaurant Magazine for your embarrassing attempt to raise your profile with a bogus global test of excellence.
Oh and another thing.
This bit from the Bloomberg piece (linked below):
``Ferran Adria is often talked about as the most influential chef since Escoffier,'' Restaurant [Magazine] Editor Joe Warwick said in a telephone interview.
1) Who is saying that Adria is the most influential chef since Escoffier? I'm guessing no one other than Warwick himself.
2) Does Warwick believe this or is he just pumping up his interlouctor?
3) Isn't it a bit early in the game to even imply that Adria has been this influential?
4) Doesn't Alice Waters deserve that honor? Adria is amazing, and certainly influential, but from where I sit his reach into the kitchens of the western world does not go nearly as deep as Waters' does.
I picked up this topic and the Bloomberg link from a comment left by RI Swampyankee at Michael Ruhlman's blog. Thanks Swampyankee!