Langdon Hall in Cambridge makes list of world’s top 100 restaurants
THE RECORD | April 28, 2010
CAMBRIDGE – Langdon Hall has been ranked 77th in the prestigious annual S. Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants ranking.
Rouge restaurant in Calgary was rated No. 60. The rankings mark the first time since 2003 that any Canadian establishment had made the top 100.
In top spot was Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark, which had moved up from third place in 2009. Spain had four in the top 10 including El Bulli , last year’s winner, at No. 2. The Fat Duck, of Berkshire, England, was No. 3.
The rankings are a result of polling and debate between 800 of the world’s top chefs, food critics, restaurateurs and gourmands, a group that comprises the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. While the Academy’s name suggests a list of 50, it also ranks establishments from 51 to 100.
Langdon Hall’s Dining Room is led by Executive Chef Jonathan Gushue, who started his education in hotel management at Georgian College in Barrie, switching to culinary management after experiencing the joy of cooking while assisting a chef in northern Ontario as part of his co-op placement.
The 39-year-old father of two came to Langdon Hall in 2005, after an impressive career sharpening his culinary skills in restaurants from London, England to Japan.
“It is truly an honour to be recognized.” Gushue said in a media release. “We are passionate about making the culinary experience at Langdon Hall as exemplary as possible, and pride ourselves on our commitment to truly provide an exceptionally high level of service and hospitality for our guests.”
Gushe uses locally-produced products as well as maple syrup from trees on the estates’ property and vegetables from its extensive gardens.
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Every year, S. Pellegrino judges and ranks the 100 best restaurants in the world.
This year, Waterloo Region has made the list thanks to Langdon Hall. The Cambridge hotel and spa came in at number 77 in the 2010 edition of the rankings. They were one of only two restaurants from Canada to make the list. Calgary's Rouge came in 60th.
They assemble a group of 800 panelists and ask them to vote on what they think the best places to dine are.
The main rules of voting are:
- Voting is strictly confidential before the awards announcement on 26th April
- Panelists may vote for up to 3 restaurants within their region
- At least 2 votes must be for restaurants located outside of their region
- They must have eaten in the restaurants they nominate in the last 18 months
- They are not permitted to vote for restaurants they own or have an interest in
- Nominations must be made for the restaurant, not for the restaurateur or the chef
- All nominations are confidential and will not be disclosed without consent
- Panelists submit their 5 choices in order of preference (this information is used to decide on positions in the unlikely event of a tie)
Restaurants can not add them selves to the list, they can only be voted on by pannelists, making Langdon Hall's inclusion that much more impressive.
Langdon Hall being on this list is something that should bring great pride to Waterloo Region, and foodies and non-foodies alike.
Langdon Hall is great, but there is something odd about a survey that includes only two restaurants in Canada, neither of which is in Montreal or Toronto.