Spanish restaurants receive 26 new Michelin stars

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Spanish restaurants receive 26 new Michelin stars

The chefs with three Michelin stars; the President of the Tenerife Assembly, Carlos Alonso (right); and Michelin Guides’ International Director, Michael Ellis (standing at the centre), at the Michelin gala for Spain and Portugal, held in Tenerife. Photo: EFE/Ramón de la Rocha. (EFE)
The chefs with three Michelin stars; the President of the Tenerife Assembly, Carlos Alonso (right); and Michelin Guides’ International Director, Michael Ellis (standing at the centre), at the Michelin gala for Spain and Portugal, held in Tenerife. Photo: EFE/Ramón de la Rocha. (EFE)

Twenty-six Spanish restaurants have been given a new Michelin star at the presentation of the Michelin Guide Spain/Portugal 2018 on 22 November at The Ritz-Carlton Abama in Guía de Isora, Tenerife.

Aponiente, headed by Ángel León, and ABaC, run by Jordi Cruz, have joined the list of 11 Spanish three-star restaurants of the famous Michelin restaurant reference guide.

The two restaurants now holding three stars add to the nine existing three-star restaurants. In the 2018 edition of the guide, these are the Spanish restaurants that have retained their three-starred status: DiverXO (Madrid); Lasarte, Arzak, Akelaŕe, Azurmendi and Martín Berastaegui (Basque Country); El Celler de Can Roca and Sant Pau (Catalonia); and Quique Dacosta (Valencia).

As to the restaurants with two Michelin stars, five were added into the 2018 edition of the guide: Coque (Madrid), run by the Sandoval brothers, who had been awarded the double shining prize before moving to the capital; Disfrutar (Catalonia), headed by chefs Eduard Xatruch, Oriol Castro and Mateu Casañas; Dos Cielos (Catalonia),the establishment helmed by the Torres twin brothers at the ME Barcelona Hotel; Maralba (Albacete); and Cabaña Buenavista (Murcia).

From now on, a total 25 Spanish restaurants will have two Michelin stars. Four of them earned their second in the past edition of the Michelin guide: DSTAgE (Madrid), Annua and Cenador de Amós (Cantabria), and L’Escaleta (Alicante).

17 new stars

One-star status has risen in Spain to a total of 177 establishments, with 17 new restaurants bearing one star in Catalonia (Enigma, Caelis, Castell Peralada), Valencia (Sucede, Audrey’s, El Rodat), Andalusia (Bardal, Alevante), Madrid (La Candela Restò, Cebo), Basque Country (Amelia, Eneko), Cantabria (La Bicicleta), Castile-La Mancha (El Doncel), Castile-León (Trigo), La Rioja (Kiro Sushi) and Tenerife (Nub).

In sum, Spain has 195 restaurants with at least one star in the Michelin Guide 2018.