Tenerife glittering, with five Michelin stars in is eateries

THE eagerly-awaited Michelin Guide 2020 for Spain and Portugal is now in circulation, following the glittering awards ceremony last Wednesday, which 30 new stars.

That produced a third star for one restaurant in Spain, six eateries their second, and honoured another 23 starred restaurants for the first time, with two based in the Canary Islands.

The Canaries now have seven Michelin Star restaurants, with five in Tenerife, and two newly-appointed establishments in Gran Canaria.

But just one Canarian restaurant holds two Michelin stars, and that is M.B, based in Tenerife’s Ritz-Carlton Abama, in Guia de Isora. It is headed by world-famous Martín Berasategui, who holds 10 stars in total, which is the most for any chef in Spain. And Martin is the fourth, globally, behind Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse and Gordon Ramsay.

The two new stars were awarded to restaurants in the south of Gran Canaria:

La Aquarela, in front of Anfi la Mar in Patalavaca, whose head chef is Gran Canaria-born Germán Ortega. He left the island in 1997 to travel and work all over the world, which he succeeded in doing. But he returned to the island and has been at La Aquarela since 2002.

Los Guayres is based in Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa, in Mogán, and Alexis Álvarez, also from Gran Canaria, has been head chef since 2014.

Spain now has 11 restaurants with three Michelin stars, although several chefs, who own eateries of lower categories, have that many to their names.

They include Quique Dacosta, whose eponymous restaurant in Dénia (Alicante province) has a waiting list of up to six months, although his El Poblet premises in Valencia, which has just won its second star, comes in at about a third of the price.

The only female chef with three stars is the Basque Country’s Elena Arzak. And of the 25 new stars given to chefs, only two went to women: Begoña Rodrigo, of La Salita, in Valencia, and María Gómez from Magoga, in Cartagena (Murcia).

Portugal failed to gain any three-starred restaurants, but its newest two-star premises is Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, in Leça da Palmeira, near Oporto.

Most ordinary folk, when hearing the words “Michelin-starred” to describe a restaurant, immediately strike it off their lists, unless they have a big birthday or wedding anniversary on the horizon, and they’re prepared to empty their savings accounts.

But this is where Spain does it differently. Even its three-starred joints can come in at around €150 to €200 a head, and it is perfectly possible to find meals in one-and two-starred restaurants for a two-figure sum.

In fact, plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain offer tastier menus, covering a series of small dishes as a sample of the best of the main list.

And, altogether, they make up enough food to fill three conventional courses, amply, for between €28 and €45 a head.



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