North America

The Best New Restaurants in America 2015 , according to Bon Appétit

Published August 2015;  See the slide show

James Beard awards

These are the most prestigious awards in the North American Culinary scene. There are numerous categories. 

 The James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine.

About the James Beard Foundation

Winners of the 2016 James Beard Awards.

Winners of the2015 James Beard Awards

Noma Japan, February 2015, where every morsel was savoured and umami from each dish, lingered so intensely that to take a bite of the next offering was almost sacrilege.  You knew you would have to say goodbye to a new best friend to make way for the next. Exploring the street food and food halls of Tokyo, provided the matrix to begin to understand what Rene Redezpi’s genius set out to achieve. At the end, I asked “What did you think about the food?'  “incredible”  Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy