By Patrick Barkham
After winning last year, British chef Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck had to settle for second place in the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards as Ferran Adria's El Bulli in rural Spain returned to the top spot it first claimed four years ago.
Blumenthal fared better than many British chefs under new rules devised by Restaurant Magazine. Last year, 14 of the top 50 were British; this year, there were six. Nobu was 12th, and Gordon Ramsay at 68 Royal Hospital Road, 14th.
Michel Roux Jr's Le Gavroche won an outstanding value award, while St John and Hakkasan were also in the top 40.
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