Best Chef Awards: Catalans win big
El Celler de Can Roca and Disfrutar restaurants win three prizes, with their cooks among the five best in the world
Catalan cooks won big on Tuesday night as Barcelona hosted the 2019 edition of the Best Chef Awards.
El Celler de Can Roca, a restaurant in Girona, and Disfrutar, in Barcelona, received three awards and had their chefs among the top five ranking.
After two years in a row leading the Top 100 list, Joan Roca was dethroned by Björn Frantzén, from Sweden, as the Best Chef of the World. David Muñoz, from Madrid, was third.
Jordi Roca, the youngest among the three Roca brothers in charge of El Celler de Can Roca, was named Best Pastry Chef and helped secure at least one prize for Catalonia’s most internationally recognized restaurant.
"We have an entire team thinking about desserts, about doing our best work every day. I want to share this prize with them," said Jordi Roca after receiving the award.
"We must never forget our gastronomic potential. We have the produce, but also people who contribute with their intellect"
Mateu Casañas · Disfrutar chef
Frantzén aside, the biggest winners of the night were perhaps Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas, and Eduard Xatruch, from Disfrutar, who reached the fifth position in their Top 100 debut.
The trio were awarded two prizes: one for being the best-ranked chefs among the new entries, and another recognizing Disfrutar as the best restaurant in the host city of the ceremony, that is, Barcelona.
"We must never forget our gastronomic potential," said Casañas, praising the work of Catalan chefs. "We have the produce, but also people who contribute with their intellect."
Catalonia’s third best-ranked chef was Albert Adrià, who came 16th in the rankings, the creator of elBarri gastronomy project and the Enigma restaurant. He is also the brother of Ferran Adrià, widely considered as the most influential chef in the world for creating the now-closed El Bulli restaurant.