Some of the chefs awarded the coveted Michelin stars at the launch of the Michelin Guide Spain and Portugal 2019 in Lisbon. Photo credits: EFE/José Sena Goulão.
At the launch of the Michelin Guide Spain and Portugal 2019, in Lisbon, International Director of the Michelin Guides, Gwendal Poullenec (right), stands alongside Javier (left) and Sergio Torres (second from the right), of Cocina Hermanos Torres. They are accompanied by the other chefs who hold two Michelin stars. Photo credits: EFE/José Sena Goulão.
Spanish restaurants receive 22 new Michelin stars
The Michelin Guide Spain and Portugal 2019 was launched yesterday in Lisbon at an event where Spanish restaurants were blessed by a star shower. Spain has now 11 three-star restaurants, 25 restaurants with two stars and 170 holding one star. Twenty-two of them have just joined the list of one-star establishments.
Earning its third star, Dani García Restaurant (Marbella, Málaga) was one of the brightest establishments last night. García’s restaurant in Marbella took over the seat from Carme Ruscalleda, who closed her acclaimed restaurant in Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona) earlier this year. Consequently, our country has retained the number of three-star establishments it had last year.
Currently, the three-star restaurants in Spain are Martín Berasategui, Arzak, Akelarre and Azurmendi (Basque Country); El Celler de Can Roca, ABaC and Lasarte (Catalonia); Aponiente and Dani García Restaurant (Andalusia); and DiverXO (Madrid) and Quique Dacosta (Community of Valencia).
Of the 25 restaurants with 2 Michelin stars in Spain, three are new on the list: Cocina Hermanos Torres (Barcelona), run by Javier and Sergio Torres, who previously held stars in Dos Cielos; Ricard Camarena (Valencia); and El Molino de Urdániz (Navarra), run by chef David Yárnoz.
New stars in the Spanish gastronomic constellation
In 2019, there will be 22 new restaurants holding one Michelin star. They are in Madrid (Clos Madrid, Corral de la Morería Gastronómico, El Invernadero, La Tasquería, and Yugo), Catalonia (La Barra de Carles Abellán, Oria, and Terra); Basque Country (Eneko Bilbao, Etxanobe Atelier and eMe Be Garrote), Community of Valencia (Beat, Oriobianco and El Xato), Andalusia (Bagà and Lú Cocina y Alma), Castile-La Mancha (Trivio and El Molino de Alcuneza), Castile-León (Pablo), La Rioja (Ikaro), Galicia (A Tafona), and Aragón (Cancook).
Berasategui now boasts ten stars
A special mention should be made of Martín Berasategui. With the new stars awarded to Oria and eMe Be Garrote, he has now a total of ten Michelin stars, more than any other Spanish chef, and he stands fourth in the list of the world’s most decorated Michelin star chefs.
In sum, our chefs and restaurants across Spain have been recognised for their excellence and have collected an astounding number of Michelin stars, the highest honour within the international culinary industry.