The third time was the charm. After two editions without new tri-starsthe Michelin Guide Spain and Portugal 2023, awake At a gala held tonight in Toledo (and without masks), he raises two Spanish diners to the top of his firmament: Atrio (Cceres) and Cocina Hermanos Torres (Barcelona).
The revelation took place at the El Greco Conference Center in the imperial city, where the red guide -whose evaluations never leave anyone indifferent- has revealed its particular star rains: to the two new tri-stars They are accompanied by three restaurants that premiere two macarons34 receive their first florin (29 in Spain and 5 in Portugal) and, in its commitment to sustainable gastronomy, the guide awards 14 new green stars (13 national and one in Portugal).
Sergio and Javier Torres (Barcelona, 1970), the most mediatic twins of the culinary homeland, They appeared in all the pools to be at the top of the Michelin Olympus, and this time the forecasts have not failed. From today Kitchen Brothers Torres -flagship of these two jovial and creative chefs who at eight years old and “because of grandmother Catalina” they already knew what they wanted to be– It shows three stars. Michelin’s motives? “For making us dream after each bite, because Sergio and Javier Torres have created a magical space where the gastronomic experience, which travels from consistency through the best seasonal products, exceeds the expectations of the diner to become a great show“, points out the French prescriber.
And from Barcelona to the historic center of Cácereswhere Too Pérez and José Polo, soul and body of Atrio, they run this hotel restaurant with care, which for almost 18 years has been the only bi-star restaurant in Extremadura and is now part of the exclusive Spanish list of three-star restaurants. A good way to get rid of the bad taste in their mouths that the robbery left themin October 2021, of 45 exclusive bottles from its spectacular cellar.
ace, his Enjoyable cuisine and a benchmark of avant-garde Extremaduran cuisine obtains the highest distinction “for the elegant and delicate proposal of chef Too Pérez, who has turned the DNA of the local gastronomic tradition around, with the Iberian pig as the main protagonist, to captivate our palate with passion, sincerity and technical excellence“, Michelin dixit. And, as Too often says, it is a proposal “very rooted in how we Extremadurans are, how we eat, how we live and told with that wonderful pantry that we have”.
There are also novelties among the bi-starred, with three new additions. The first, Deessa, the gastronomic mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid -Mediterranean and creative proposal that bears the stamp of Quique Dacosta, with Guillermo Chvez in the kitchen- that in just over a year and a half of life He has achieved two florets. Second, Pepe Vieira, a unique space in the middle of the field and with views of the Ras Baixas, in Rax (Poio, Pontevedra), where they are committed to avant-garde Galician cuisine that they themselves baptize “last cooking of the world”. Third, The Corner of Juan Carlos, at the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach (Adeje, Tenerife). Here other brothers, Juan Carlos and Jonathan Padrón, update the Canarian recipe book “from a creative point of view, with premium products, the highest levels of refinement and the ability to excite in several dishes”, acknowledge the inspectors of the guide.
As we have mentioned, 29 Spanish restaurants reach their first star. Among them, the last project of the unrepeatable Dabiz Muoz, RavioXO (Madrid), traveling concept that revolves around dumplings and pasta. But there are more names with a lot of weight in the world of gastronomy, like the new Enigma that Albert Adri opened last summer in Barcelona. And others who have reached their professional maturity, such as Dani Ochoa, who after losing his star due to the fire that devastated mountainhis dining room in San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid), shine it again. EITHER Hugo Muoz and his ugo chan (Madrid), who achieve their first macaron.
This gala has also brought fresh sap and young talents who have captivated the inspectors with their personality and good work in canteens such as, among others, Ababol (Albacete); Ancestral (Illescas, Toledo) or Oba (Casas-Ibez, Albacete), the gastronomic “radical” attached to the native territory of Javi Sanz and Juan Sahuquillo.
And, precisely, the La Mancha home of these two twenty-something chefs -who also run the kitchens of Caitas Maite and for just over a month those of Cebo, at the Hotel Urban in Madrid- is one of the 14 new green stars (13 Spanish and 1 Portuguese, with which Michelin recognizes sustainable gastronomy, which brings to 42 the establishments that have received this distinction.
The Bib Gourmand chapter, a seal that identifies the establishments as the best value for money, adds 38 novelties (31 in our country and 7 in Portugal).
If there is a figure that is synonymous with gastronomy, that is Joan Rocaleader along with his brothers Jordi and Josep of the hyper-award-winning El Celler de Can Roca (Girona) and one of the great master chefs who has led the guide to award him the Chef Mentor Award 2023, at which time the El Greco Conference Center has collapsed. For his part, Cristbal Muoz, from Ambivium (Peafiel), has received the award for Young Chef 2023. In addition, in this edition for the first time the room service is rewarded, which has gone to Toni Gerez (Castell Peralada, in Peralada, Girona).
In short and in the words of Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin guides, this edition “perfectly illustrates the excellence, creativity and audacity of the culinary landscape of Spain and Portugal, and its growing and notable commitment to a more sustainable gastronomic approach. We are delighted to see younger chefs taking the lead and embarking on their own journeys, in many cases flying the flag for reinterpreted regional or fusion cuisines.”
And so far the 2023 gala, which anticipates a novelty for next year: the 2024 edition will be presented separatelyan event for Spain and another for Portugal.
LIST OF NEW STARS 2023
Atrium (Cceres, Extremadura)
Kitchen Hermanos Torres (Barcelona, Catalonia)
Pepe Vieira (Serpe, Galicia)
El Rincón de Juan Carlos (Tenerife/Adeje Canary Islands)
The Farm (Loja, Granada)
Weird People (Zaragoza)
Mount (San Feliz)
Castilla la Mancha
Ancestral (Illescas, Toledo)
Oba (Casas-Ibez, Albacete)
Castile and León
Alchemy – Laboratory (Valladolid)
Cobo Evolution (Burgos)
COME by Paco Mndez (Barcelona)
Mont Bar (Barcelona)
Slow & Low (Barcelona)
Black Garlic (Logroo)
Etxeko Ibiza (Es Canar, Ibiza)
Fusion19 (Muro, Majorca)
San-H (Adeje, Tenerife)
Tabaiba (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria)
Montia (San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Ugo Chan (Madrid)
Zuara Sushi (Madrid)
ARREA! (Santa Cruz de Campezo (lava)
Oba (Casas-Ibez, Albacete)
Narbasú (Cereceda, Asturias)
Sale Moncalvillo (Daroca de Rioja, La Rioja)
Zelai Txiki (San Sebastian)
The Visco (Fuentespalda, Teruel)
Maskarada (Lekunberri, Navarre)
Muxgo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
Ambivium (Peafiel, Valladolid)
Casa Nova (Sant Mart Sarroca, Barcelona)
ARREA! (Santa Cruz de Campezo, lava)
Judo House (Santander)
Les Moles (Ulldecona, Tarragona)
DELETED STARS 2023
Lose the star:
Estany Clar (Cercs, Catalonia)
Ula Viewpoint (San Sebastian)
Cebo (Madrid), suppression due to change of management
eMe Be Garrote (San Sebastián), suppression due to closure
Auga e Sal (Santiago de Compostela), suppression due to closure
El Llar de Viri (San Román de Candamo (Asturias) loses the green star
The Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal in 2023 in six data:
13 restaurants with three MICHELIN stars (2 new)
41 restaurants with two MICHELIN stars (3 new)
235 restaurants with a MICHELIN Star (34 new, 5 in Portugal)
42 restaurants with the MICHELIN Green Star (14 new, 1 in Portugal)
281 Bib Gourmand restaurants (38 new, 7 in Portugal)
831 restaurants recommended for the quality of their cuisine (134 new, 15 in Portugal)