Tagged with Joan Roca

Spanish Apple Season!

Spanish Apple Season!

The onset of fall can mean only one thing: it’s Spanish apple season! Sweet, crunchy and delicious, Spain produces over a half million tons of apples a year, with favorite, top-quality varieties including the geographically protected DOP Manzana Reineta de Bierzo apples from Castile-León and the IGP Manzanas de Girona from Catalonia.   And apples aren’t only delicious eaten … Continue reading

For the love of (writing about) Spanish food

For the love of (writing about) Spanish food

Nacho Manzano, Ricard Camarena, Ferran Adrià, Joan Roca, Ángel León… What do all these people have in common? Sure, they’re all top-tier Spanish chefs who together represent about a dozen Michelin stars, but they are also the authors of acclaimed cookbooks compiling their achievements in Spanish cuisine and offering insights into this country’s excellent products and … Continue reading

The Triticum Way

The Triticum Way

Acclaimed Spanish chefs know that having a top restaurant means paying attention to every detail, from the decor, to the service, to the flatware, to hundreds of other things – not least of which of course is the food. And when it comes to the food, these top chefs are keen to make sure that … Continue reading

El Celler de Can Roca Best in the World!

El Celler de Can Roca Best in the World!

This was a big week for Spanish restaurants, with El Celler de Can Roca (Girona) returning to the number one, most coveted spot in the annual “World’s Best Restaurants” ranking published by the UK’s Restaurant magazine. Brothers Joan, Jordi and Josep Roca, the chef, pastry chef and sommelier (respectively) of this acclaimed restaurant, were out … Continue reading

Delectable Spring!

Delectable Spring!

Edible flowers add beauty, delicacy, elegance, innocence and yes, even flavor, to any number of dishes. Just ask some of Spain’s top chefs, who turn to these wonderful and eye-popping ingredients for many of their avant-garde creations. Beginning with Ferran Adrià and making the rounds through a roster of incredible Spanish chefs that includes Joan … Continue reading

Roca Brothers are “Cooking Up a Tribute”

Roca Brothers are “Cooking Up a Tribute”

The Palo Cortado Mystery is just one of the secrets of Spanish gastronomy that will be revealed during the Culinary Cinema segment of the upcoming Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin. On February 10th, Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca will star in “Cooking Up a Tribute”, a documentary that follows these three award winning professionals and their … Continue reading

Foodly.es

Foodly.es

When you own a restaurant, no matter how big or small, truth be told you often don’t have an extra minute in the day to spend trying to track down all of the different things that your customers are saying about you. It was hard enough ten years ago when my Madrid restaurant was open, … Continue reading

Madrid Fusion Gets Underway!

Madrid Fusion Gets Underway!

Today is the first day of Madrid Fusion 2014 and the start of one of the most exciting culinary events of the year in Madrid. I love this annual conference, which is currently in its eleventh year. Not only does it touch on some of the hottest topics in haute cuisine, including culinary inspirations, techniques, … Continue reading

International Tapas Competition Yesterday!

International Tapas Competition Yesterday!

The nine participants in this year’s ICEX Training Program in Spanish Gastronomy competed yesterday in the International Tapas Competition in Valladolid. During this exciting event, which took place yesterday afternoon in this city’s Plaza del Milenio, each of these young, international chefs presented his or her own unique tapa or pincho. These tapas were judged … Continue reading

San Sebastian Gastronomika Begins!

San Sebastian Gastronomika Begins!

San Sebastian Gastronomika kicks off today and I confess that I’m particularly excited for this occasion as this will be my first time attending this annual culinary conference. Started fifteen years ago in this Basque city, San Sebastian Gastronomika has grown steadily every since, bringing together a list of some of the most famous names … Continue reading

Interview with Ivan

Interview with Ivan

Ivan Berezutskiy visited Barcelona a few days ago to enjoy part of his prize for winning the 4th annual ICEX International Spanish Cuisine Contest. He and his girlfriend had dinner at El Celler de Can Roca, where he was attended by Joan and Jordi Roca top Spanish chefs. The rest of the weekend they traveled … Continue reading