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In Barcelona, Lasarte receives three stars in the MICHELIN Guide Spain & Portugal 2017

Michelin unveils today the new selection in the MICHELIN guide Spain & Portugal 2017.

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In the 2017 selection, the restaurant Lasarte, in Barcelona, has been awarded three stars by the MICHELIN guide.

Martin Berasategui, already awarded three stars for his restaurant Martin Berasategui in Lasarte-Oria, delivers his vision of haute cuisine for Barcelona in a place with a modern design and singular personality. Supported in the kitchen by chef Paolo Casagrande, the surprising and particularly imaginative culinary universe of Martin Berasategui conquered our inspectors. Some of his great creations make it possible to gauge the full extent of this chef’s creativity: unique creativity in the service of an almost exceptional taste experience, elevating this restaurant to the position of one of the meccas of world cuisine.

Michael ELLIS, International Director of the MICHELIN guides

In total, Spain has nine three-star restaurants, with Akelaŕe, Arzak, Azurmendi, DiverXO, El Celler de Can Roca, Martín Berasategui, Quique Dacosta and Sant Pau maintaining their distinctions this year.

Twenty-eight establishments have been awarded two stars this year, of which twenty-three in Spain and five in Portugal. Among them, seven receive the star for the first time in 2017: L'Escaleta, in Cocentaina (Alicante) where chef Jijo Moya offers regional cuisine with refined flavours and textures; DSTAgE in Madrid, where chef Diego Guerrero’s cuisine continues to surprise with the audacious marriage of the very diverse products he uses, and Annua in San Vicente de la Barquera, offering Cantabrian cuisine to which chef Óscar Calleja brings Mexican and oriental touches. Other establishments distinguished by two stars this year are Cenador de Amós in Villaverde de Pontones (Cantabria) and BonAmb in Xàbia (Alicante), two restaurants where respectively chefs Jesús Sanchez and Alberto Ferruz stand out with the impeccable textures and the delicacy of the flavours they produce, combined with great creativity and masterful technical skills.

In Portugal, two restaurants also receive two stars: Il Gallo d'Oro in Funchal (Madeira), where chef Benoît Sinthon brings his personal touch to the classical and international cuisine served in his establishment, and The Yeatman in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto): Ricardo Costa won over the inspectors with his immense inventiveness, always relying on exceptionally high quality ingredients.

Proof of the constant progress in the standard of cooking in the two countries, fifteen new restaurants in Spain and seven in Portugal are awarded one star in the 2017 MICHELIN guide selection, bringing the number of one-star restaurants to 166. Among the most dynamic regions, Catalonia, and the communities of Madrid and Valencia stand out with the strong development in the gastronomy on offer there.

In Catalonia, two Barcelona restaurants receive one star: Céleri, which promotes the new raw food no-cook philosophy, and Xerta, which relies on contemporary Mediterranean cuisine using produce from the Ebro delta.

In the Madrid community, three restaurants have one star: A'Barra and Gaytán, both in Madrid itself, and El Invernadero in Collado Mediano, where chef Rodrigo de la Calle continues to surprise with his amazing offerings focusing on the plant world.

In the Valencia community, Raúl Resino in Benicarló, and Sents in Ontinyent, a restaurant where the PRIETO brothers play with Asian and Mexican influences, are each distinguished with one star.

Finally, in Portugal, the number of Michelin-starred restaurants continues to grow, with seven new restaurants this year: Casa de Chá da Boa Nova in Leça da Palmeira, Alma and Loco in Lisbon, restaurants that stimulate the gastronomic scene in the capital with the creativity of their cuisines, William, in Madeira / Funchal, L'And Vineyards in Montemor-o-Novo, Antiqvvm in Porto and Lab by Sergi Arola in Sintra.


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