3 sttjärniga Michelin kockar hedrar Carme Ruscalleda med en otrolig middag

Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca, Girona), Pedro Subijana (Akelarre, San Sebastián), Carme Ruscalleda, Martín Berasategui (Martin Berasategui, Lasarte), Jordi Cruz (ABaC, Barcelona), Elena Arzak (Arzak, San Sebastián) och Eneko Atxa (Azurmendi, Larrabetzu). Ángel León (Aponiente, El Puerto de  Santa María) var kvällens kockar.

How often does it happen that so many 3 star Michelin chefs with a team of 90 people cook a dinner for you in the same evening? I had one of the most memorable dinners ever during this dinner that was a tribute to the fantastic Carme Ruscalleda during Gastronomika in San Sebastián, Spain when I visited the big food congress in the autumn. The dinner was one of many where they invited press, chefs and other people related to the food business. The evening started with some bubbles, Sorlut oysters, caviar, and a lot of Spanish De Covap ham and cheese at the Basque Culinary Centre. And was followed by this fantastic dinner that they had prepared. Each chef had their own tribute to Carme. Elena Arzak said the following.

-We love being with her. It is incredible the affection that the whole sector has for her, the respect they have for what she has created without expecting anything in return. Thank you for being a good person, for being like a family, for being you. Cheers Carmen!

The dinner started with Ángel León’s remarkable sea bacon, and I have to say that I never had anything like it. I hope that some Swedish chef will create the same!

All the food were more than amazing as you can see. And a thing I noticed between the Spanish chefs is that they really care and love each other in a fantastic way. They are all eager to share their knowledge with everyone. Even little me;) I really appreciate it. And I think I want to sign up to learn Spanish so that I fully can take in everything they talk about during my next visit to Spain. Doesn’t it look like a piece of art?

Prawns with a vegetable gel and and ripe tomato emulsion by Eneko Atxa. Nearly didn’t want to eat it, it looked magical!

Jordi Cruz prepared a Squid nigiri wrapped with cooked tuna skin!

Truffle macaroons filled with confit quail eggs by Joan Roca, just wow!!

Lemon with a basil sauce, green beans and almonds made us all go totally quiet for a while. And Martin Berasategu had one more dessert, a ”Corazón Berry.

The dinner stopped late, and we all left with a big smile and a happy tummy. It was one sensational evening with some of the worlds best chefs. They sure are worth every star they have. And I am very impressed of the chefs that have the creativity and tastebuds to create all those magical dishes with the local produce from Spain. The country sure have so much to offer, but it was not really the same when I lived there in the beginning of the 90’s. The food scene sure have changed since then, and I would say that if you haven’t been to Spain, give it a try! It will be something you never forget!

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Two star Michelin restaurant Disfrutar from Barcelona

Oriol Castro is behind the two star Michelin restaurant Disfrutar (means Enjoy!) in Barcelona that also is at 9th place at the Worlds 50 Best, and restaurant Compartir (means sharing) in Cadaqués  together with Eduard Xatruch and Mateu Casanas. They all meet when they worked in the kitchen at El Bulli, so that explains why they are cooking this brilliant avant-garde style food. After hanging out with Oriol for some days, I have seen his curiosity when he looks at new products. His eyes light up, and he comes up with new dishes in that magical brain of his. I wish I had a film of him looking at new little beans and pine cones, he looks like a kid in a candy store. That’s why I like him so much, I love passionate curious people. So Oriol Castro and another chef from Disfrutar Giulio Gigli had been invited to Twins Science in Moscow to share how they work with creativity at Disfrutar. The future chefs of Moscoe are all eyes and ears during the hour long presentation. I spoke to some young chefs afterwards who told me they wanted to try out this more playful way of cooking in the future. And they had got so much inspiration from looking at this during the Twins Science talks. Just look at those photos, and hopefully it gives you a hint about how inspiring it was for all those young aspiring chefs!

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Jag var i San Sebastian för att vara med på mateventet  Gastronomika, och blev medsläpad iväg från alla Michelin kockar till ett litet ställe i Gamla Stan för att vi skulle äta ostkaka.. Jag tänkte att Helle hade blivit galen, eftersom vi var där för att äta mat från Spaniens allra bästa kockar. Men jag hängde med, fast jag inte ens gillar ostkaka.. När vi närmade oss så var gatan full av folk, och även inne på baren var det fullt. Men vi tryckte in oss och Helle beställde ostkaka och vars ett glas Txakoli, ett vitt lätt bubbligt vitt vin som man dricker i Baskien. Också testade jag ostkakan, och blev helt tyst. Den var så otroligt god. Krämig på insidan, utan botten, och bränd på toppen. Det smakade lite som flan och ostkaka, och att den var helt krämig var ju magiskt. Den ska inte riktigt bakas färdigt, det är det som är trixet! Tyvärr hann jag inte dit en gång till, men hoppas på att komma dit fler gånger och då ska jag garanterat äta den igen!

Visst ser den god ut!

Santiago Rivera tog över La Vina från sina föräldrar, och han ville hitta på något nytt till menyn. Efter en massa testande så var den här ostkakan född. Även kallad ”Världens bästa ostkaka”.

Du hittar ett recept här: https://fabfoodieswede.com/2020/06/07/la-vinas-ostkaka/

Självklart serverar de andra klassiska rätter på restaurangen, maten var god! Men ät inte för mycket för du måste ju testa ostkakan!

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El Rincon de Alberto

A must if you go to Logroño, and it is located in the Calle Laurel area.

You can hang out enjoying some nice wine and ham. Or go for the full food experience. This is probably the best restaurant in Logroño, and the owner Alberto is very service minded! I had lot’s of different dishes, and they were all fantastic! I would love to go here again!

Address: Calle San Agustín, 3, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja, Spain