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Spanish chef Martin Berasategui receives second three-star rating in the 2017 Michelin Guide


Spain has confirmed its position as a new hotspot for foodies. High on the Spanish gastronomic scene, Chef Martin Berasategui has won three Michelin stars for his restaurant Lasarte in Barcelona, ​​a rating also held by his eponymous restaurant in the Spanish Basque Country. In addition, the 2017 edition has no less than 28 two-star restaurants listed in the Michelin Guide of Spain and Portugal.

Martin Berasategui joins some selected chefs around the world who have to their credit two three Michelin starred restaurants. Its eponymous restaurant in Lasarte-Oria is a must-see for food lovers passing through the San Sebastián region. In fact, the Spanish Basque Country is famous for its wealth of high quality restaurants, with the Arzak family particularly present on the scene.

Martin Berasategui also brings his vision of haute cuisine to the Spanish west coast, with another fine dining restaurant, Lasarte in Barcelona. Here, the chef is supported in the kitchen by Paolo Casagrande, who offers “surprising and particularly imaginative” cuisine, specifies Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guides. The dishes are refined and presented with great attention to detail. Ellis goes on to say that “Some of his great creations make it possible to measure the full extent of this chef’s creativity: a unique creativity at the service of an almost exceptional taste experience, elevating this restaurant to the rank of one of the high places. of the world. food.”

With the addition, Spain now has nine three-star restaurants.

A long list of two-star restaurants

While France only has 10 two-star restaurants in the latest Guide, the 2017 Spain and Portugal edition has 28 restaurants awarded two stars, including 23 in Spain and five in Portugal. With such a list, there is something for everyone and in all regions. However, further down the Costa Blanca, Alicante stands out for its boom in culinary quality, notably with Escalata in Cocentaina and BonAmb in Xabia.

The future of the Spanish gastronomic scene seems assured, with 15 restaurants newly crowned with a Michelin star. Catalonia confirms its status as a must-see destination for gourmets thanks to Céléri, favoring raw cuisine without cooking, and Xerta, serving contemporary Mediterranean cuisine.

With its vibrant energy, the gastronomy of Spain almost eclipses that of neighboring Portugal, with which it shares a Michelin guide. Portuguese cuisine is on the rise, however, continues Michelin, with two new two-star restaurants and seven one-star restaurants.


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