fine food - World Cup winning restaurants
Written by Craig Butcher
With the football World Cup in Brazil now in the knockout stages, we highlight three knockout restaurants from the three countries to have won the last three FIFA World Cups.
Italy (2006), Massimo Bottura
Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy home to Ferrari and balsamic vinegar is considered one of the most avant-garde restaurants in the world. The three-Michelin-starred restaurant has been among the top five of the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants since 2010 and is famous for its deconstructed take on classic Italian cuisine.
Brazil (2002), Alex Atala
Atala’s D.O.M. Restaurant in So Paulo is as far from Brazilian street food as its possible to be, but many of his ingredients are sourced from his research trips to the Amazon for indigenous foods. The first Brazilian fine-dining restaurant, D.O.M. is famed for its contemporary take on Brazilian food.
Spain (2010), Albert Adrià
Brother to Ferran Adrià of El Bulli (now closed), Alberts modern vermouth bar Bodega 1900 in Barcelona is fast-growing and harks back to traditional sherry bars. One of his five restaurants, his focus is on the freshest ingredients and adapting menus almost daily to respond to availability.
Brazilian food and drink
Key ingredients include root vegetables such as yams and cassava, with fruits including guava and passionfruit. The national dish, feijoada, is a black-bean and meat stew. Coffee is, unsurprisingly, plentiful, while cachaça, a white spirit derived from sugarcane, is the key ingredient in the caipirinha cocktail.