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Rick Bayless Questions World's 50 Best List Selection

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Yesterday in London, the World's 50 Best Restaurants were revealed during an event sponsored by S. Pellegrino. The list is organized by Restaurant magazine and compiled by more than 800 judges in 27 regions around the world. The top 10 comprised restaurants from the U.S., Brazil, England, Italy, Spain and Denmark, with Noma coming in at No. 1 (Alinea landed at No. 7). While there's a lot of hype around the list, not everyone agrees with how it's pulled together.

"I'm studying Pellegrino list of World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012," Rick Bayless, whose restaurants don't appear in the top 100, tweeted this morning. "Does anyone else think it's an odd collection&wonder how it's arrived at?" This sparked a small discussion on Twitter with one calling the list "odd and faulty" and another comparing it to sex. "Ranking restaurants is like ranking lovers: it doesn't work. The exhilaration and pain of each is overlooked." What do you think? Is the list valid or would you have others in the top 10 or 50? Weigh in below in the comments.


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