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Spanish restaurant rated world's best


London, Apr 29 (EFE).- Spain's El Celler de Can Roca was designated the world's best restaurant on Monday on the list prepared each year by the British gastronomic magazine Restaurant.

The restaurant - located in Girona, north of Barcelona, and owned by brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca - deposed the Danish establishment Noma, which had headed the list for the past three years and this year came in second.

On the list of the world's 50 best restaurants are five Spanish ones, three of them are in the top 10, including Mugaritz at No. 4 and eighth-ranked Arzak.

In an e-mailed release, Restaurant said that El Celler, which had come in second in the past two years, had "gained global acclaim for its combination of Catalan dishes and cutting-edge techniques and the passion that (the owners) share for hospitality."

El Celler replaces Noma in the top spot in the rankings after the Danish eatery in February had a problem with food poisoning that affected 63 customers.

Noma had beat out Spanish restaurant El Bulli, owned by Ferran Adria, for the top ranking after the latter had resided there from 2006 through 2009 and after being named the world's best restaurant for the first time in 2002.

The prestigious list of the 50 best restaurants is compiled after tabulating the opinions of more than 900 food critics, chefs, restauranteurs and gastronomic experts from around the world who each cast up to seven votes, a minimum of three of which must go to restaurants located in a region of the world that is not their own.