2020 to be ‘exceptional’ for Portuguese gastronomy

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2020 to be ‘exceptional’ for Portuguese gastronomy

Next year is to be an exceptional year for gastronomy in Portugal and Spain, with growth in all categories, particularly in the award of stars, according to Michelin.

The Michelin Spain and Portugal 2020 awards, which will be announced on 20 November at a gala in Seville, demonstrate the consolidation of haute cuisine in both countries, according to a statement released by Michelin.

“110 years after the first Michelin Spain and Portugal Guide, we are very pleased with the gastronomic panorama” of the Iberian Peninsula, the company said.

“Our inspectors, who are truly passionate about their work, on their numerous visits to the geography of both countries, allow us to discover culinary corners and unique experiences,” Michelin said.

In the next Michelin Guide, the different categories are very much spread across the Iberian geography, with inspectors observing a solid dynamism and an increase in gastronomic offers in hotels, who perfectly understand that quality cuisine is an important factor when it comes to attracting travellers.

“Similarly, there has been an increase in the number of establishments run by great star chefs,” Michelin said, which has a frenetic gastronomic activity.

“Young chefs, with excellent training and experience, start their projects with a lot of talent and professionalism, and, together with their teams, try to create a perfect overall experience,” it said.

There is an increase in the number of establishments distinguished as Bib Gourmand (good quality-price ratio).

The 2020 edition will present broader texts, in which the specialities of each establishment stand out.

At the upcoming gala, which marks 110 years since the launch of the Iberian guide, Michelin intends to extend a bridge to the past, holding the event at the Lope de Vega Theatre and the Casino de la Exposición, two buildings that were built for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929.

The gala dinner will feature the creations of several starred restaurant chefs from Andalusia, coordinated by Ángel Léon, from the ‘Aponiente’ restaurant (Porto de Santa Maria, three stars - top rating).

Portugal currently has six restaurants with two stars (Alma - the novelty of this year’s edition - Belcanto, The Yeatman, Vila Joya, Ocean and Il Gallo d’Oro) and twenty with one star, three of which were won in the 2019 edition (A Cozinha, Midori and G Pousada).

In Spain, there are 11 restaurants with the highest distinction (three stars - ‘a unique cuisine justifies the trip’), 25 with two (‘an exceptional cuisine, it is worth the detour’) and 170 with one (‘very fine cuisine, it pays to stop’).


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