The controversial World's 50 Best Restaurants list now has some competition from France. Time reports that France's Foreign Ministry released La Liste, restaurant rankings for 1,000 top dining establishments around the world, for the first time. Three Michelin-starred Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, Switzerland, snagged the top spot on the list followed by Thomas Keller's Per Se in New York, and Tokyo's Kyo Aji in third place. Other restaurants with Las Vegas connections that made the list include Guy Savoy in Paris came in fourth and Joël Robuchon's restaurant in Yebisu Garden Place in Japan came in 10th.
La Liste represents restaurants in 48 countries and features 101 U.S. establishments, 118 from France, and 126 from Japan and 69 from China, according to The New York Times. A computer algorithm, shrewdly named Ciacco after a gluttonous character from Dante's Inferno, compiled the list that analyzed data from 200 dining guides in 92 countries including Michelin and Zagat and also drew on information from sites such as TripAdvisor and OpenTable. French food and wine historian Jean-Robert Pitte and German food writer Jörg Zipprick were among the experts who consulted on the €300,000 ($329,000 USD) project that judged restaurants based on a variety of criteria including food, ambiance, service, wine and spirits selections.
While La Liste isn't the last word on the world's top restaurants and is unlikely to have any significant impact a group of already celebrated establishments. Still there's plenty of room to debate the findings and compare them against the World's 50 Best, which largely ignores Africa, the Middle East, China, Japan, and India as well as women.
Also released, a ranking of American restaurants. Take a look at the Las Vegas restaurants on La Liste below:
5. Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand
22. Guy Savoy, Caesars Palace
37. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, Mandarin Oriental
50. Picasso, Bellagio
72. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand
90. Alizé, Palms
99. Andrea’s, Encore Las Vegas