The legendary Thomas Keller is regarded as one of the best chefs in America if not the World, collecting a long list of accolades since his Napa Valley restaurant French Laundry opened in 1994. Over the last two decades he has been awarded numerous James Beard Awards including ‘ and attained three Michelin Star status at French Laundry.
Keller is the first and only American chef to hold three Michelin stars in two properties concurrently. Notably, the iconic restaurant was ranked by San Pellegrino as the world’s number 1 restaurant in its prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants List in 2003 and 2004.
This glittering run as a consistent feature on the World’s 50 Best list yesterday came to an end. Having held on in 2015 as number 50, French Laundry has fallen out of the 50 Best and now occupies 85th position on San Pellegrino’s World’s 100 Best Restaurants list. Keller’s New York restaurant, three star Per Se, has also dropped out of the 50 Best falling from number 40 in 2015 to 52 this year.
Other noteworthy drops from the respected list this year are three star L’Astrance in Paris, which fell from number 36 to 57 and its neighbour, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, leaving the 50 Best from 47th spot to 58 this year.
The San Pellegrino list is highly regarded world-wide, with the Roca brothers of El Celler de Con Roca in Girona, Massimo Bottura’s Osterio Francescana in Modena and Copenhagen’s Noma under Rene Redzepi dominating the Top 3 in recent years. 2016’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be announced on June 13th in New York.
For more information on San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best, visit www.theworlds50best.com