One of the sectors most affected by the effects of the pandemic, such as the hospitality industry, with restrictions, capacity limitations, sanitary measures or closures, was waiting in Spain this Monday, like May water, a shower of Michelin stars.
Many pools, musings and expectations, which in the end have been left in a fine rain in some areas, such as Catalonia, Galicia or Aragon. In others, such as Asturias or Andalusia, Michelin has passed by . Madrid does not go well either: only one restaurant, Saddle, opens in the red guide with a star, and the only one who loses it by decision of the inspectors is Álbora .
They disappear, due to closure, Punto MX, 99 KO, both in Madrid, Cobo Vintage, in Burgos, Eneko Bilbao, or Zaranda, in Mallorca.
This year, the Michelin judges, contrary to the rumble of recent months, which raised Coque, in Madrid, the Sandoval brothers’ restaurant, and Atrio, in Cáceres, to the altar of the triestrellados, have considered that none of the 35 restaurants with two Michelin stars they deserved to be upgraded. On the contrary, they change their position and get the second star:
Culler de Pau, in O Grove (Pontevedra), the gastronomic project of chef Javier Olleros; Bo.TiC, in Corçà (Girona), led by chef Albert Sastregener; and Cinc Sentits in Barcelona, directed by Jordi Artal.
And in the 2021 edition for Spain and Portugal, a total of 21 restaurants (19 in Spain and two in Portugal) are premiered, although two of them – Amelia, in San Sebastián, and La Salita, in Valencia – already had a star last year, although by relocation of premises they have been included as a novelty this year.
The rest of the winners are: Ambivium (Peñafiel, Valladolid), Atempo (Sant Julià de Ramis, Girona), Baeza & Rufete (Alicante), Béns d’Avall (Sóller, Mallorca), Callizo (Aínsa, Huesca), DINS Santi Taura (Palma, Mallorca), Eirado (Pontevedra), En la Parra (Salamanca), Espacio N (Esquedas, Huesca), L’Aliança 1919 d’Anglès (Anglès, Girona), Miguel González (Pereiro de Aguiar, Ourense), Mu • na (Ponferrada, León), Odiseo (Murcia), Quatre Molins (Cornudella de Montsant, Tarragona), Raíces-Carlos Maldonado (Talavera de la Reina, Toledo), Saddle (Madrid) and Silabario (Vigo).
In Portugal, the two new restaurants recognized with a star are 100 Maneiras and Eneko Lisboa, the culinary project of the Basque chef Eneko Atxa, both in the Portuguese capital.
Green stars. In addition to award-winning restaurants, the Bib Gourmand distinction, which since 1997 has recognized establishments that stand out for their favorable quality-price ratio, this year includes 53 novelties (47 in Spain, 5 in Portugal and 1 in Andorra).
And as a novelty, in line with the global struggle for a more sustainable world, Michelin highlights in this edition the restaurants and chefs especially committed to defending the environment with a new distinction, the green star, which rewards the efforts of these establishments in the field of sustainability:
Andreu Genestra (Capdepera, Mallorca), Aponiente (El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz), Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Vizcaya), Casa Albets (Lladurs, Lleida), Cocina Hermanos Torres (Barcelona), Culler de Pau (O Grove, Pontevedra), El Invernadero (Madrid), El Llar de Viri (San Román de Candamo, Asturias), Els Casals (Sagàs, Barcelona), Eneko (Larrabetzu, Bilbao),
Ten years later, the Michelin party returned to Madrid, where for the first time the winners were announced through a digital gala, presented by the actors Cayetana Guillén Cuervo and Miguel Ángel Muñoz, without the presence of the winners, and broadcast from the Real Casa de Correos, in Puerta del Sol, where Dabiz Muñoz, whose DiverXo restaurant is the only three star in the capital, and also other chefs from Madrid star restaurants, such as Paco Roncero, Ramón Freixa, Diego Guerrero , Mario Sandoval and Óscar Velasco.
It was also attended by the president of the Community, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez Almeida.
The launch of the red guide, which this year instead of November has been delayed a month, has been possible, says the head of communication at Michelin, Ángel Pardo, that most of the work of the 11 inspectors, whose team , in which there is no woman, led José Vallés, had already been carried out in the weeks prior to the state of alarm.
With the reopening of the restaurants in June, the visits that were closed in October continued.
“The work carried out by the Inspectors in Spain and Portugal has paid off and has surprised us, since being such a difficult year for the hospitality industry, we have continued to find young values and innovative dishes that, increasingly based on local or proximity products.
They are capable of offering us a real gastronomic pleasure ”, said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides, during his speech at the ceremony, which was sponsored by Mahou-San Miguel, L’Or and Makro cafes.
“This unique symbiosis between fresh sap and established cooks has an impact, for the better, on the possibilities open to lovers of good food, who will see how younger chefs, excellently prepared after training in large houses, defend a return to the origins.