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Michelin guide Spain and Portugal 2015

Yesterday Michelin announced the results of the 2015 Spain and Portugal guide. Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cádiz, Spain and Belcanto in Lisbon, Portugal, have both been awarded a second star. Executive chef at Aponiente is Ángel León, often called Chef del Mar (Chef of the Sea) and executive chef at Belcanto is José Avilez.

Michelin in their press release on Aponiente and Belcanto:
"At the helm of Aponiente, Ángel León sets the tone for an imaginative, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, while, at Belcanto José Avillez skillfully combines tradition with huge doses of creativity in his quest for flavor and excitement."

The 2015 edition will feature 18 two-star restaurants in Spain and 3 in Portugal.

No changes in Michelin's highest category. Spain has 8 three-star restaurants, which are: Quique Dacosta in Dénia, Alicante, Akelare and Arzak in Donostia-San Sebastián, Martin Berasategui in Lasarte-Oria,  DiverXO in Madrid, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Azurmendi in Larrabetzu and Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar. The number of three-star restaurants in Spain has doubled in the past 10 years and with these 8 three-star restaurants, Spain takes joint third place alongside Italy in Europe. Germany comes in second with 11 three-star restaurants and France is still the number one with 27 three-star restaurants.

No fewer than 19 restaurants in Spain have been awarded a first star this year, Portugal has gained 2. Among the winners are: Albert Adria's Pakta in Barcelona, Álbora (chef: David García), DSTAge (chef: Diego Guerrero, opened in July 2014), La Cabra, Mexican restaurant Punto MX, all located in Madrid, Aizian in Bilbao, Andreau Genestra in Capdepera (Mallorca), Simply Fosh (chef: Marc Fosh) in Palma (Mallorca), and seafood restaurant Elkano in Geteria (near San Sebastian).
The number of one-star restaurants in Spain now stands at 143 and in Portugal at 11.

In the Bib Gourmand category Michelin has awarded 35 restaurants in Spain this accolade and 2 in Portugal, taking the the total number of Bib Gourmands in this guide to 229 in Spain and 33 in Portugal.

A full list of Michelin stars and Bib Gourmands can be found here Spain/Portugal2015

Posted 20-11-2014


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