Elite Traveler readers have voted Alinea as the best restaurant in the world for the fourth time. It's the latest in a long line of accolades and awards for the Grant Achatz-led restaurant, which has held three Michelin stars ever since the guide was introduced in Chicago.
Achatz tells the magazine that his desire is to be nothing short of the best and it's surely that drive and what the magazine calls the restaurant's "philosophy of perpetual evolution" that keeps them at the top of their game. The challenge at this point, in Achatz's mind, is to continue on the path they're on and be a lasting institution. He cites The French Laundry, where he spent a number of years at, as an example of what he is aiming for.
The acclaimed chef and his partners are close to opening their latest restaurant, the infinitely more casual Roister. The rustic and refined restaurant is shrouded in secrecy, and its opening, in the former iNG space, will not be announced until about five days before, according to partner Nick Kokonas.