Michelin guide 2014 - the results for Spain

by Editor - 20 November 2013

Michelin-guideThe Michelin Guide 2014 for Spain and Portugal has been released and the most notable news is that David Munoz's restaurant in Madrid; DiverXO, has become the eighth establishment in Spain to gain a coveted third Michelin star. DiverXO becomes the first restaurant in Madrid to hold this prestigious status since Zalacain lost its third star in 1995.

There were second stars awarded to Francis Paniego, at El Portal de Ecahurren in Ezcaray, La Rioja; and Martin Berasategui at M.B. in Guía de Isora, Tenerife. A total of 20 restaurants gained their first stars and eight stars were lost; mainly due to closure or relocation. The only restaurant to have a star withdrawn by the panel was AgU in Gijon which is fronted by Alejandro G. Urrutia.

The Michelin guide 2014 awards were announced yesterday at a ceremony held at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. A total of 171 restaurants now hold Michelin stars in Spain: 8 have three stars, 19 have two and 144 hold a single star. Martin Berasategui now holds more stars than any other Spanish chef with a total of seven: three are held at his eponymous restaurant in Lasarte, two at Hotel Condes in Barcelona and two at MB in Guia de Isora.

No doubt there will some controversial decisions; many people predicted a third star for Mugaritz but once again it did not arrive this year. Seafood lovers will be left wondering why O’Pazo in Madrid did not make the list, and several other restaurants that were expected to join the band of first star recipients, were left out. However, the guide has continued in its practice of recognizing changes in modern dining habits and has awarded stars to both of Albert Adrià’s concept restaurants in Barcelona.

David-MunozThe results emphasize the growing strength of the Spanish gourmet scene; despite the economic problems in the country, the diversity and innovation in the sector has allowed it to thrive against all the odds. Spain remains one of the world’s leading destinations for food tourism and the country’s pioneering chefs continue to set the standards across the industry. There are now 25 new restaurants with stars across the country, representing more provinces than ever before.

It is with justification that the spotlight falls on David Muñoz this year. No other restaurant in recent years has provided a better showcase of modern Spanish cuisine; always pushing forward and embracing the future but never neglecting the foundations of the past.

Get your copy of the Michelin guide for Spain and Portugal 2014 here

MICHELIN GUIDE 2014 - SPAIN

Third star awarded:


DiverXO - Madrid

Second star awarded:

El Portal de Ecahurren - Ezcaray, La Rioja

M. B. - Guía de Isora, Tenerife

First star awarded:

Monastrell - Alicante

L'Angle - Barcelona (relocated )

41 º - Barcelona

Gaig - Barcelona

Tickets - Barcelona

Sieve - Es Capdellà, Mallorca (relocated)

Árbore da Veira - A Coruña

La Salgar (Gijón )

Malena - Gimenells , Lleida

La Botica - Matapozuelos , Valladolid

La Casa del Carmen - Olias del Rey , Toledo

Arbidel - Ribadesella

Alejandro - Roquetas de Mar, Almería

L' OR - Sant Fruitós de Bages , Barcelona

Tierra - Torrijos / Valdepalacios , Toledo

Hospideria El Batan - Tramacastilla, Teruel

Les Moles - Ulldecona, Tarragona

El Poblet - Valencia

Cal Paradis - Vall d' Alba, Castello

BonAmb - Jávez, Alicante

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