Everyone knows Ferran Adrià, Martín Berasategui, Juan María Arzak, Carme Ruscalleda, and the Roca brothers. They are some of the best chefs in the world. Proven at international level. There are many we’ve left out, but in this article we’re not going to talk about the tried-and-tested chefs. We’re going to talk about promising young talent. Those who still aren’t very widely known, but who are carving out a name for themselves, little by little, on the national and international food scene. There was a day when the names Adrià, Roca, and Ruscalleda didn’t mean anything to cooking, and now they’re everything. Today we’re going to discover new names that, in our opinion, will be the ones to talk about in future.
At 29 years old, Andrés recently appeared on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30 Europe 2017” list, in the Arts category. Alongside his brother, he is the co-owner of the restaurant Somiatruites, in Igualada (Barcelona), a responsibility he juggles with his role as head chef at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant ABaC in Barcelona. He arrived there after working in kitchens with Neichel, Xavier Pellicer, and the Roca brothers, and his culinary creations combine typical products of the highest quality with avant-garde cooking. He hasn’t even reached the age of 30 yet, but everyone’s talking about him – remember his name.
At just 21 years old, Moral is one of the youngest young people on this list, although he has already achieved recognition from both critics and the press, in addition to being named “Cocinero Revelación” (“Surprise Chef”) at this year’s Madrid Fusión gastronomy fair. He runs La Taberna de Miguel in Jaén, a family-run restaurant that was opened by his father. His cooking is creative, and to discover his true talent you have to try his tasting menu: a selection of dishes that he only prepares on request, two days in advance. There is no question as to whether it is worth calling to make a reservation. Jesús will have some surprises in store for you.
Together with her husband, Merino heads up Restaurante Mont Bar, located in Barcelona’s Eixample district. This is a restaurant whose name has been on everyone’s lips for a while now. It offers a wide range of options: you can have a full meal, or just a snack. Whatever you go for, it’s going to be top quality. Light, visually-appealing dishes, made using local produce that still maintain hints of the avant-garde. Her restaurant is worth visiting, and currently enjoys a loyal customer base. That’s the best recognition.
We don’t have to look any further than Barcelona to talk about a restaurant that is very much at the height of fashion in the Catalan capital. Àlvar Ayuso is still a few years off his 30s, but for the past two years he’s run Alvart, an establishment that is flavor, technique, and respect for ingredients. His standout creations are inspired by Catalan and French cooking, with Nordic touches. A very interesting suggestion. Don’t miss it.
De Castro, Macarena
This young chef hails from Mallorca, and since the age of 23, she has run El Jardín, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant in Puerto de Alcúdia, alongside her brother Dani. It’s one of the best restaurants in the Balearic Islands, especially in summer. In winter, De Castro crosses the pond and runs another establishment in Uruguay, El Jardín by Sarava located in Punta del Este, one of the country’s trendiest vacation spots. De Castro’s cooking is based on local produce from Mallorca, especially vegetables, cured meats such as sobrasada, and fish.
Five names. Five chefs. Five suggestions that are bound to get everyone talking. You’ve been warned. 😉