History is repeating itself at El Celler de Can Roca, which only one month after being declared the best restaurant in the world is booked until April 2014.
The Girona-based eatery about an hour’s drive outside Barcelona has officially become one of the toughest tables to secure in the world and is fully booked for the next 11 months, reports popular food blog Eater.com.
Even before topping the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, announced last month, the head of reservations Manel de la Rubia told the blog that weekend reservations had to be made nine to 10 months in advance.
It’s yet another sign that the ranking, hosted by UK-based Restaurant magazine, has become a powerful, influential benchmark among the culinary elite and foodie gourmands rivaling the authority of longstanding gastronomic bible the Michelin guide.
Topping the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is a major coup for restaurants, filling up dining rooms months in advance and turning chefs into household names.
Ferran Adria, for instance, has gained near mythical status for his now-shuttered restaurant El Bulli in Spain, which took the title five times, while Danish chef Rene Redzepi rose from obscurity to international stardom within just a few years of opening his Copenhagen restaurant Noma, which kept a stronghold on the No. 1 spot for the last three years.
El Celler de Can Roca, meanwhile, will begin taking reservations for May 2014 and out on June 1.
If you can’t wait that long, the Roca restaurant brand, helmed by brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi, also extends to Roca Moo, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant, and Roca Bar, both at Hotel Omm in Barcelona.
Not far from El Celler de Can Roca, meanwhile, is Can Roca, the eatery helmed by the Roca parents.