The Fat Duck is Named the World's Best Restaurant
The Fat Duck, an English restaurant was crowned the best restaurant in the world by "Restaurant" magazine in London. What makes this intriguing is that The Fat Duck booted perennial favorite Thomas Keller and his restaurant French Laundry from the top spot. But Keller now has two restaurant in the top ten, French Laundry is in the third spot and his New York restaurant Per Se is seventh on the list. I couldn't resist a peek at The Fat Duck's menu. It's definitely experimental with offerings such as mango and douglas fir puree, snail porridge, and smoked bacon and egg ice cream but there are also more traditional offerings like saddle of venison and sole Veronique. The Fat Duck isn't Britain's only place for experimental foodies, last year Leeds-based Anthony's Restaurant won the price for best British restaurant. Both restaurants speak to a growing trend of what I call "alchemy food" which involves a high level of science and artistry combining strange flavors and techniques for increasingly avant-garde results.