The Algarve restaurant Vila Joya, whose chef is the Austrian Dieter Koschina, was considered the 45th best in the world by World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012, at the awards ceremony that took place on Monday in London.
This is the first time that a Portuguese restaurant has been able to integrate this exclusive list of the best restaurants in the world, which continues to be run, for the third consecutive year, by 'Noma' from Copenhagen (Denmark).
The Vila Joya restaurant, located on the coast of the municipality of Albufeira, is already used to appearing in the world's high street, as it boasts two stars Michelin. In Portugal, only one other restaurant, the Ocean at Vila Vita Park (Porches, Lagoa), also has two Michelin stars, sharing with Vila Joya the fact that it is located in the Algarve and also has an Austrian chef, in this case Hans Neuner.
The top 10 of the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012 includes: Noma (Denmark), El Celler de Can Roca (Spain), Mugaritz (Spain), DOM (Brazil), Osteria Francescana (Italy), Per Se (US), Alinea (US ), Arzak (Spain), Dinner (UK) and Eleven (USA).
The choice of World's 50 Best Restaurants is made through the votes of more than 800 international restaurant professionals, including critics, chefs and foodies.
At the ceremony in London, Elena Arzak was also distinguished as the best female chef in the world, and Thomas Keller (French Laundry, Per Se from New York) for her contribution to world cuisine, and the Steirereck restaurant, from Vienna, Austria , with the Slow Food UK Award.
In addition to the international distinctions for its restaurant, Vila Joya has also been awarded in the hotel sector. named for international awards.