CHICAGO’S ALINEA SETS THE BAR--For the fourth year in a row, Elite Traveler magazine has rated Chicago’s Alinea (1723 North Halsted Street, 312.867.0110) as the top restaurant on Earth.
The list, which causes culinary industry eye brow to rise is fashioned by Elite Traveler, a very limited circulation magazine aimed at private jet users world-wide.
CRÈME DE LA CREME
Alinea, Chicago, Chef: Grant Achatz
THE OTHERS IN THE TOP TEN:
El Cellar de Can Roca, Girona, Spain. Chef: Joan Roca
Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain. Chef: Eneko Atxa
Eleven Madison Park, New York, Chef: Daniel Humm
The Fat Duck, Bray UK, Chef: Heston Blumenthal
Robukchon au Dome, Macua, China. Chef: Francky Semblat
Per Se, New York, Chef Thomas Keller
La Pergola, Rome, Chef: Heinz Beck
Le Bernardin, New York, Chef: Eric Ripert
Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy, Chef: Massimo Bottura
HERE’S THE OTHER 100 FROM ELITE TRAVELER MAGAZINE.
#16 The Restaurant at Meadowwood, St. Helena, CA: Chef: Christopher Kostow
#50 Manresa, Los Gatos, CA. Chef David Kinch
#42 The French Laundry, Yountville, CA. Chef: Thomas Keller
#58 Saison, San Francisco. Chef: Joshua Skenes
#65 Coi, San Francisco. Chef: Daniel Patterson
#77 Benu, San Francisco. Chef: Corey Lee
#86 Melisse, Santa Monica, CA. Chef Josiah Citrin
TOP CALIFORNIA CHEF:
Chef/operator Thomas Keller has two restaurants on the list: ------Per Se #7
--The French Laundry #52
Dubbed as the private jet lifestyle magazine, the publication says it is BPA-audited (a media circulation verification firm) and is distributed to 100,000 readers in private jets, and private jet terminals in more than 100 countries. Claims average household income is $5.3 million per year.
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