Tenerife shines with culinary excellence: Nine Michelin stars and counting!

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 29-11-2023
  • Business
  • Photo Credit: Michelin Guide
Tenerife shines with culinary excellence: Nine Michelin stars and counting!

Tenerife once again proved its gastronomic prowess at the Michelin Guide gala held at the International Convention Centre Auditorium in Barcelona yesterday, as Taste 1973, located in the Villa Cortes hotel in Playa Las Americas under Chef Diego Schattenhofer, and Haydée by Víctor Suárez, in La Orotava, each earned a star from the prestigious French guide. With these two new accolades, Tenerife now boasts a total of nine Michelin stars across seven restaurants.

The distribution of these stars is as follows: M.B. at The Ritz Carlton Abama (two stars) and El Rincón de Juan Carlos at the Royal Hideaway Corales Hotel in Costa Adeje (two stars). Retaining their single-star status are Nub (Bahía del Duque), Kabuki (The Ritz Carlton Abama), and San Hô (Royal Hideaway Corales), joined now by Taste 1973 (Villa Cortés) and Haydée by Víctor Suárez (La Orotava).

The secrecy maintained by the Michelin Guide this time prevented the announcement of the winners before the gala, although all had been previously invited to attend the event hosted by Andreu Buenafuente.

Taste 1973 led by Diego Schattenhofer, an Argentine settled in Tenerife, received recognition for a cuisine that self-describes with the phrase "we don't create recipes, we create emotions." Canarian cuisine is present in 100% of each of their dishes, offering flavour coherence, technique, and a multidisciplinary team (marine biologists, neurologists, historians) that revives the gastronomic roots of the Guanches and a preference for matured fish as a clear differentiating element.

The other recognition of the night went to Haydée by Víctor Suárez, a native of La Orotava. He champions creative cuisine through two enticing menus (Atlántico and Raíz) that blend flavours, colours, and textures to modernize the traditional island recipe book with personal touches, childhood memories, and hints of other cultures.

Bevir, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, owned by José Luis Espino, also secured a star, adding to the existing four stars (Poemas by Hermanos Padrón, La Aquarela, Los Guayres, and Tabaiba). The culinary scene in the Canary Islands continues to shine brightly on the global stage, with Tenerife leading the way in Michelin-starred excellence.