Catalan restaurants maintain high ranking in the Michelin guide
The prestigious red guide will add three Barcelona restaurant hotels to its 2011 edition. Paco Pérez’s Miramar Restaurant was awarded its 2nd Michelin star. The 4 3-star restaurants keep all their stars.
Barcelona (ACN).- Catalonia continues to have a large presence in the prestigious Michelin guide, with a total of 57 stars between 46 restaurants. The most famous restaurants include the three-stared El Bulli of Roses, led by Ferran Adrià, El Celler de Can Roca of Girona, manage by the Roca brothers, El Sant Pau of Sant Pol de Mar of Carme Ruscalleda and the Can Fabes of Sant Celoni, with Santi Santamaria.
The 2011 edition was presented yesterday in San Sebastian. The guide will include three new Barcelona hotel restaurants: the Moments restaurant of the Hotel Mandarín, headed by Carme Ruscalleda\u2019s son Raül Balam; Restaurant Dos Cielos of Hotel Me, with brothers Javier and Sergio Torres and Restaurant Caelis of Hotel Palace, with chef Roman Fornell. Barcelona\u2019s Hisop restaurant and Terrassa\u2019s Capritx restaurant were also recognised. Paco Pérez\u2019s Miramar Restaurant was awarded its 2nd Michelin star, entering into the privileged group that also includes the Les Cols restaurant of Olot and the Lasarte restaurant of Ciutat Comtal.
CNA spoke with Pérez about his achievement. He stated, \u201Cfor a family business that started in 1939 as a beach stand, it is not so bad\u201D. Pérez explained that Catalan cuisine is highlighted by the fact that \u201Cwe get up very early and we go to sleep very late\u201D. The chef added that \u201Ceveryone wants to make good things\u201D in this \u201Cvery competitive world\u201D. Pérez mentioned that it is even more complicated in a place \u201Cso remote\u201D as Llançà. He hopes that receiving a 2nd Michelin star will bring the restaurant \u201Cmore movement\u201D.
Some restaurants were removed from the 2011 edition of the Michelin Guide. Barcelona\u2019s Freixa Tradició, Vacarisses\u2019 El Cingle, Arenys de Mar\u2019s l'Hispània, and La Seu d'Urgell\u2019s Tàpies all lost their prestigious Michelin stars. The Àbac Restaurant lost a star after chef Xavier Pellicer left the restaurant to head the famous Can Fabes Restaurant with Santi Santamaria.