Pedro and David in the Final of the Chef Contest of the Year in Alimentaria 2018

After two years and four semifinals held in Barcelona, Bilbao and Seville, on April 19, at the Alimentaria 2018 fair in Barcelona, the grand finale of the 7th Cook of the Year Contest will take place.

The Cook of the Year Contest is a national gastronomic contest, with Martín Berasategui as President and Jordi Cruz as Vicepresident, who was the winner of the first edition in 2006.

32 chefs participated in the four great semifinals of this VII edition but only the two best chefs of each semifinal will be presented to the final in the Alimentaria 2018 fair.

Among the 8 best chefs of the Chef of the Year Contest we can find Chef Pedro Montolio together with David Bourg, from the Barcelona Princess Hotel who were first classified in the 1st Semifinal held last November 2016 in Barcelona.

The winning menu of Pedro and David during the semifinal was:

– Starter: White garlic with mackerel ceviche and acid apple salad, celery and grape
– Main dish: Scallop and jowl with peas, vegetables, mushrooms and air of mushrooms
– Tiramisu with liquid coffee inside, Amaretto and creamy chocolate with tonka bean.

The other 7 classified chefs that reached the final are Álvaro Salazar of Argos Restaurant (1 *) (Port de Pollença, Palma de Mallorca), Rubén Osorio Castañón, chef of Ergo restaurant in Miranda del Ebro, (Burgos), José David Fernández Portales, head chef of the Pabellón restaurant (Madrid), Asier Alcalde of the restaurant Laia in Hondarribia (Guipúzcoa), Daniel García of the Aboiz restaurant in Garai (Vizcaya), Francisco Javier Feixas, head chef of La Borraja restaurant in San Nicolás (Granada)  and Antonio Rodríguez Bort, chef of the Ispal Restaurant (Sevilla), last cooks classified in the last semifinal of the Chef of the Year Contest in Seville.

An extraordinary jury will have the difficult task of choosing the winner of the VI Cook of the Year Contest.

They are:

– Martín Berasategui, President of the jury, Martín Berasategui restaurant (3*)
– Oriol Castro, Disfrutar restaurant (1*)
– Joaquín Baeza Rufete,  Baeza Rufete restaurnat and winner of  the V Cook of the Year Contest
– Xanty Elias,  Acanthum restaurant (1*)
– Jordi Cruz, with 2* Michelin in the ABaC and 1* Michelin in the Angle, both in Barcelona y and winner of the first edition of the Cook of the Year contest.
– Álvaro Garrido, Mina de Bilbao restaurant.
– Carlos Capel
– Julia Pérez, gastronomic journalist
– Miguel  Angel de la Cruz
– Raúl Resino, Raúl Resino restaurant (1 *) in Benicarló (Castellón) and winner of the last edition of the contest.
– Joaquín Baeza, Baeza & Rufete Restaurant, San Juan Beach (Alicante) and winner of the 2014 edition

 

“We want to have a good time and present a starter, main dish and dessert where the key is the flavor ” indicates Pedro.

David explains us that they will continue with the 360 Gastronomy of the Hotel Barcelona Princess with a Mediterranean cuisine with modern touches and products of sea and mountain.

Good luck to Pedro and David from Barcelona Princess who will be at the 2018 Chef of the Year grand final on April 19 at Alimentaria 2018 in Barcelona, within the activities of The Alimentaria Experience, an experiential, sensory and participative gastronomic space.

Cook of the Year Contest – #CCAFinal

Alimentaria 2018, Barcelona
Gran Via, Pavilion 6-7, The Alimentaria Experience – Showcookings 1,2,3,4
Thursday, April 19, 2018
10:45 – 18:00

Palau de la Música, one of the greatest representatives of Catalan modernism

El Palau de la Música is a music auditorium designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the greatest representatives of Catalan modernism. It was built between 1905 and 1908 and declared a National Monument in 1971.

It was destined to concerts of orchestral and instrumental music, as well as choral interpretations and music productions. However, in the Palau there have also been cultural, political, theatre plays and, of course, the most varied musical performances. Nowadays, this kind of performances are still held. And you can complete the experience with the lovely café and restaurant venues inside, as it is written in the Lexus Magazine.

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Photo by Palau de la Müsica – Orfeó Catalá

The Concert Auditorium is the most important venue of its type in Cataluña, and it regularly stages world premieres. When entering, aside from the heavenly skylight, you will be struck by the organ, a bust of Anselm Clavé, another of Beethoven, and a plethora of decorative motifs: palms, fruit, flowers and jewels.

The foyer of the Palau is a great venue that has been converted into a spacious café-restaurant whose culinary highlight is definitely breakfast. It´s a good way to start the visit of the Palau.

The Palau restaurant, at open air and placed on the ground floor in one of the places in Barcelona to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing food. Then, you have The Mirador Restaurant, located at the top of the Plaza del Palau and overlooking the Art Nouveau façade by Domènech i Montaner. It offers a menu of lunch and dinner weekdays (starter, main course and dessert), a tasting menu and a menu with a selection of seasonal cuisine.

This music auditorium is placed in Barcelona, specifically in Sant Pere neighborhood and our Negresco Princess is near to this majestic building, so it is a must if you are on vacation in Barcelona. As tip, we suggest you to see one of its corners where you will see the legend of San Jordi.

 

For more information about this or about other ideas to visit in Barcelona you can visit our Blog and see Luxos Magazine, an online travel guide that you find in the handy smartphone that you will find in all our rooms at the Negresco Princess and Barcelona Princess Hotels.

The Negresco Princess hotel celebrates its second anniversary

In the heart of Barcelona, just one minute walking distance from Plaza Urquinaona, the Negresco Princess Hotel opened its doors in December 2015 in one of the busiest corners in the city.

In addition, the hotel has a restaurant that stands out for its relaxed appearance  with Mediterranean touches, that can be seen on the bar’s mosaics, the sea and stone colours, and the flowers and plants in the lamps that reminds fishing nets.

The Negresco Restaurant is also a living space open to culture in which pairing, talks with actors and directors, screenings of documentaries, series or live music can be found.

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As the hotel to which it belongs, Negresco Restaurant is a multifunctional space capable of hosting cultural events for small and medium-sized audiences. “We do not want to become another big space. We believe in culture and that is why we want to offer activities that make people feel at home, “says Jairo Mayolas, director of Negresco Princess and Restaurante Negresco. (see video) 

This space, new for the people of the city, wants to take advantage of its privileged location so that the citizens of Barcelona and their visitors can use it for their meetings, work lunches and, obviously, during their leisure time.

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Regarding the gastronomic offer, the menu has a special focus on the seasonal and proximity products, since, just as with the hotel’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, the restaurant is also committed to fair trade and proximity suppliers, all of which without giving up chef Jon García roots.

As an exemple of it originality, the Negresco Princess hotel was the winner in the Tapa de Tierra category with the proposal of Jon García “Lamb, foie gras and chocolate dome” of the Hotel Tapa Tour competition in Barcelona 2017, a gastronomic event reserved for gourmet hotels.

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For nightlife lovers, Negresco offers a complete tasting menu with or without pairing, consisting of a small aperitif, a starter, a main course, a pre-dessert, a dessert and a petit fours. Also, if you visit Negresco on Thursday night, you can enjoy UnpluggEAT, a proposal of live music designed to have a magical atmosphere during dinner time.

Negresco also has two lunch menus during the week at very competitive prices: one of two courses and dessert, and a second one of a single-dish and dessert. Following its Km0 product philosophy, menus vary depending on the season and the offer providers of proximity. And for those who want to enjoy the sun and the climate of the city, Negresco has a cozy terrace at street, and a fantastic terrace with views of all Barcelona on the seventh floor.

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Easter means holidays!

If we talk about Easter, it reminds us spring, good weather and of course holidays!!!

This year Easter will be from 25th March to 02nd April. And Barcelona is the best place to enjoy a well-deserved vacation because it offers you many different options.

Barcelona is nature, especially with the arrival of spring and good weather. You will enjoy a green and full of color city in its gardens and parks. Also from the beach and you will even consider taking a bath or at least walking on the sand and sunbathing. If you want mountain Barcelona has two. One in Montjuïc where you will find a castle and the Tibidabo also where you will find the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart and Tibidabo amusement park.

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Barcelona is also recognized for its gastronomy. In this sense our chefs Pedro Montonllio and Jon García from the Barcelona Princess and Negresco Princess Hotels are the experts and every week they offer us a weekly menu with seasonal products, km 0 and fair trade in The Corner Bar Restaurant and Negresco Restaurant ,respectively. Negresco offers us a tasting menu from Wednesday to Saturday to spend a gastronomic evening.

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Barcelona is wellness and you can find well-being in it. Therefore, Barcelona Princess and Negresco Princess offer you a wellness package to relax yourself and to have energy to continue discovering Barcelona.

Barcelona is Architecture and in it you will find the Modernism route and know the Barcelona of Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch, which together with other architects made Barcelona the Modernism world capital.

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Barcelona is also Sport, football and is dressed with FC Barcelona colors.

And Barcelona is culture and art … A great variety of cultural activities take place in Barcelona. In this section, the Poblenou Urban District is our reference in  Barcelona Princess. # NegrescoEscultura and together with the TR3SC club present us with different proposals, from literary dinners, pairings, to talks about the television series of the moment.

Are you still thinking where to go this Easter?

Come to Barcelona !!

 

In the Negresco Restaurant love is edible too!

If you’re wondering how to make this Valentine’s Day in Barcelona a special night, we have the answer , and it’s Negresco Restaurant. Live authentic love stories through the senses, do you dare?

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Valentine´s Day is about to come and love is in the air, Barcelona smells differently, it smells love! And we are going to make the best of us for you to have an amazing Valentine´s Day!

If you want to surprise your partner with a special night, come and try the delicious menu that we have prepared only for lovers and spend the night in one of our rooms with our special offer LoveBox.  What else could you wish? It´s an authentic love story.

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How? Our chef, Jon García, has prepared a menu to delight even the most demanding palates. A gastronomic menu where each step is important, as in love. And where does love start? Almost always with a glance, one of these glances that cross your soul and produce chills like this delicious ceviche of sea bass with avocado that starts the wonderful menu.

And what follows an intense glance? A first date full of symbolism and dreams, a corn cream with timbale of fresh cheese and hazelnuts in two textures. Will everything be fine or will it be the end? We are sure that the best ending is the main course: passion. And the best way to represent the pleasure of these delicious grilled scallops is with semi-sweet celeri puree and emulsions of guava, squid ink and passion fruit.

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But this trip through the senses does not end here, now it is time to decide: Meat or fish? Medallions of Iberian sirloin with pumpkin with vanilla syrup and foie poêlé or grilled turbot with creamy mint peas? Difficult decision, that will take us to the sweetness of exquisite desserts designed and made with all the care that we are capable of, like the taste of kisses, these desserts will take us through rose gardens and mountains of chocolate to end with a truffle duo that will join us forever.

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A menu only available for lovers and an experience of flavors that will take us along the paths of complicity. Are you ready? Do not hesitate and come to discover everything that the Negresco Restaurant offers for your Valentine’s night.

But a night like that should never end, right?! Book now at Negresco Princess Hotel (http://www.hotelnegrescoprincess.com/en/Mejores-hotels-hotels-in-Barcelona/San-Valentin?platform=hootsuite) your LoveBox stay and for just 25 € more you will get your kit ‘Bijoux Indiscrets’, romantic decoration in the room, Late CheckOut (until 3pm), access to the relax areas (sauna, gym and terrace) and, of course, free Wi-Fi and mini bar! Here you will find all the information you need about the special #SanValentín offer

Don´t think twice, come and enjoy the best Valentine´s!