Chicago, Illinois, is home to many great restaurants, but now it can say that one of its restaurants is the best, according to Elite Traveler magazine. Each year the magazine puts out an “Elite 100” restaurant list pulling places from around the world. New York usually brings stiff competition, but the “Second City” can now claim to be the best when it comes to cuisine.
Alinea named World’s top restaurant
Top Chef, Grant Achatz, is a genius when it comes to food and restaurant creation. For this reason, Alinea is no stranger to awards, but to be able to brag about having the best restaurant in the world is quite the honor. After beating out New York City’s Daniel restaurant, Alinea has taken home the honor for the third consecutive time.
Since 2005, Alinea has received the highest rating of three stars from the Michelin Guide, earned a write-up in the New York Times, and now has become a three time champion of the world’s best restaurant. The fine dining experience that combines science and art is a bit expensive, but your palette would appreciate a visit. It’s also an occasion, not just dinner, considering you have to buy tickets instead of making reservations. Now that they have won the title again, finding a ticket will only get harder. Chicago locals rave about the presentation, flavor combinations, and ambiance, as well as patrons from all over the country.
Alinea is Achatz’s first restaurant, and it has really propelled him to celebrity chef status. He is known for being a leader within the molecular gastronomy trend. This movement focuses on the molecular make-up of food, and pairs unthinkable flavors to give your mouth an unforgettable explosion. He even pairs some of his creations with scents intentionally placed near the plate to enhance the flavor and experience. After finding success with Alinea, Achatz created a one-of-a-kind experience with Next and the Aviary.
Chef Achatz has achieved great success, but getting there has been a tough road. He grew up in the kitchen, shadowed great chefs in Chicago, and was able to make a name for himself, but along the way, he was diagnosed with tongue cancer. After a clinical trial, the cancer went into remission, but Achatz lost his ability to taste for a while, which he claims was educational when it comes to pairing food and experiencing flavors again.