World's 50 Best Restaurants awards, which was topping this year by a new champion, Noma in Copenhagen. One Brazilian restaurant was honored by inclusion in this list, D.O.M. in São Paulo, in position number 18. It was highlighted by winning the ancillary Acqua Panna award as the best restaurant in South America. D.O.M. focuses on Brazilian gastronomy, and pays particular attention to local and sustainable sources for its ingredients. The executive chef of D.O.M., Alex Atala, is considered one of Brazil's brightest culinary stars, and has been at D.O.M. since its inception in 1999.
Domestically, D.O.M. is a perennial winner of multiple awards, and has been awarded the maximum possible 3 stars by the Guia Quatro Rodas (the Brazilian equivalent of the Michelin Guide). Its international prestige continues to grow, as shown by its ranking in the annual list of World's 50 Best Restaurants - in 2007 it was listed in 40th position, in 2009 it moved up to 24th position, and now in 2010 it has jumped 6 places to number 18. Perhaps in the next few years, it will join the elite top 10. We'll have to wait at least one more year to see.