World’s Best Restaurants 2012, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s New Baby

01 May

World’s Best Restaurants 2012 – the announcements were made yesterday of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The winner of the top award of World’s Best Restaurant 2012 was Noma in Copenhagen which also won the award in 2010 and 2011. The restaurant which is run by chef Rene Redzepi is described as almost singlehandedly redifining Nordic cuisine. When the restaurant first won the award in 2010 the very next day they received over 100k requests for bookings so it has made a huge difference to the success of their business.

Redzepi posted on Twitter this weekend: “1204 people on the waiting list for this evening. Same day in 2008 (Monday 28th of April) 14 guests in all day.”

The 2nd and 3rd places on the list also went to the same restaurants as last year with the two Spanish restaurants El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona and Mugaritz in Errenteria coming in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

There was mixed news for Heston Blumenthal with his new restaurant Dinner going straight into the list at 9th place but his flagship restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray (a previous winner of the award) falling back to 13th place from last year’s 5th place.

The only other British restaurant to make this year’s Top 50 is The Ledbury in Notting Hill. Chef Brett Graham’s restaurant had a huge climb from last year’s new entry position of 34 up to 14th place. With just the 3 British restaurants in the list there is further bad news for British cuisine as it is the first time in the history of the awards that there is not a British restaurant in the Top 5 places

This year’s awards were the 10th given in the event’s history and the announcements were made at a special evening held in London’s Guildhall. There were many top chefs from around the world at the awards including legendary Spanish chef Ferran Adria, whose restaurant elBulli won the awards on a record 5 occasions before it closed on 30 July 2011.

The list was compiled by a special academy composed of over 800 leading figures from the industry with chefs, food critics and gastronomes from around the world represented. As part of the voting process members of the academy vote for 4 restaurants inside their own region and another 3 from outside their region. Another part of the process ensures that any member voting for a restaurant has to have visited it in the last 18 months. The awards are organised by Restaurant magazine and have been sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

Maggie Gyllenhaal – the actress has confirmed the arrival of a 2nd baby daughter today.

Baby Gloria Ray was born on 19 April in New York according to Gyllenhaal’s spokesperson and no firther details were released from them about the new arrival.

Gyllenhaal and husband Peter Sarsgaard already have a daughter Ramona who was born in 2006. The couple married in an intimate ceremony in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy in 2009. The couple were introduced by Maggie’s younger brother Jake Gyllenhaal who is a close friend of Sarsgaard.

Gyllenhaal has won critical acclaim for a number of her movie performances including roles in 2002’s Secretary, Sherrybaby (2206) and Crazy Heart (2009) which won her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

She kept the news of her pregnancy secret this time until 3 and a half months and found this quite difficult to achieve as she told USA Today: “I find it difficult to pretend you’re not pregnant, which I had to do. I didn’t let anyone know until three and a half months this time. I went to film festivals. I’m throwing up in the bathroom and having to keep pretzels in my purse, and having to fit into dresses.”

The new arrival will have plenty of movies to catch up with as both of her parents have films out in the next few weeks. Father Sarsgaard is appearing in Lovelace with Amanda Seyfried and mother Gyllenhaal is to appear in the new rom-com Hysteria which also stars Hugh Dancy and Rupert Everett.

In case you were wondering the actress’s name comes from her movie director father’s Swedish background. The Gyllenhaal family is from Swedish nobility and descends from an 18th Century member of the Swedish cavalry.

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