Heston Blumenthal Named 'World's Best Chef'

Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck has fallen out of the world's top 10 best restaurants but the chef is still riding high after his newest enterprise rose up the ranks.

Blumenthal's new London venture, which is called Dinner , has been voted the ninth best restaurant in the world in an influential survey of hundreds of food experts.

This means that despite The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, falling down to 13th in the list, the Briton is now effectively the most successful chef in the world because he is the only one to have more than one restaurant in the top 15 of the World's 50 Best Restaurants list .

Dinner, which only opened at the start of 2011, was the highest placed UK restaurant by Restaurant Magazine and was also the highest new entry.

The Ledbury, in London, was also in the top 50 and took the highest climber award after leaping 20 places to the 14th spot.

For the third year running, Noma in Copenhagen was named the best restaurant in the world. 

El Cellar de Can Roca and Mugaritz, both in Spain, were second and third.

Blumenthal's Dinner, which is based at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, does not follow the chef's molecular gastronomy approach and instead offers historic and more hearty dishes.

The chef made his name with his unusual creations, which he perfected at The Fat Duck, such as snail porridge and nitro-scrambled egg and bacon ice cream.

:: The Top 10

1. Noma, Copenhagen
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
4. D.O.M., Sao Paulo
5. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
6. Per Se, New York
7. Alinea, Chicago
8. Arzak, San Sebastian
9. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
10. Eleven Madison Park, New York