Pilar Salas |
Madrid, September 20 (EFE).- The Spaniard David Muñoz (DiverXO, Madrid) this Tuesday won The Best Chef Awards, international prizes that crown him as Best Chef in the World for the second consecutive year, a title to which he s Also added are The Best Chef awards voted by cooks and The Best Chef City Gourmet.
At a gala held for the first time in Madrid, which brought together the best of world cuisine, not only Muñoz’s culinary excellence was confirmed, but also the success of Spanish cuisine, with 18 professionals in the Top 100 of this list compiled from the votes of 350 chefs and industry experts.
David Muñoz (Madrid, 1980) was the winner of this sixth edition of The Best Chef Awards-Perlage because in addition to revalidating the title of Best Chef in the World -something that only Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca, Girona) – He adds to his CV the awards of The Best Chef, chosen by his colleagues in the profession, and The Best Chef City Gourmet.
“It’s an honor, it’s incredible,” said when he was once again elated who brought his “incredible team” to the stage at Madrid City Council, he was proud to work in the city and thanked his wife, Cristina Pedroche, for her support because without her “we wouldn’t have achieved what we have achieved in the XO world”. With an “I love you!” He responded from the audience.
Of the prize awarded by his colleagues, he pointed out that it is “one of the main ones” of his career precisely for this reason, and the one referring to Madrid was dedicated to colleagues such as Juanjo López (La Tasquita), Mario Sandoval (Coque) or Pepa Muñoz (El Qüenco de Pepa), some examples of those who contribute to making the capital an international gastronomic destination.
He returns to the crown of king of world cuisine for his “very personal, unpredictable and established excellence” preparations in which he assimilates influences from other continents, adding “his own dreamlike universe” which “justifies his motto: avant-garde or die” in the opinion of the voters.
Thus, he joins the title already held by Joan Roca twice, Björn Frantzén (Frantzén, Stockholm) and Rene Redzepi (Noma, Copenhagen).
Among the top ten of The Best Chef, Spain is the best positioned country with David Muñoz in the lead, Joan Roca at number 3 – “these food festivals unite us and bring cuisines together to connect cultures”, said-, Andoni Luis Aduriz (Mugaritz, Guipúzcoa) in 5 and Eduard Xatruch, Oriol Castro and Mateu Casañas (Disfrutar, Barcelona) in 7.
Aduriz also won The Best Chef Science award for its research and creativity in collaboration with experts from other disciplines.
The “top ten” of this list is completed by Rene Redzepi, Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana, Italy), Björn Frantzén, Alain Passard (L’Arpège, France), Ana Roš (Hiša Franko, Slovenia) and Alex Atala (DOM, Brazil).
At the gala, US-based Puerto Rican Antonio Bachour received the Best Pastry Chef award and complimented Madrid, his “favorite city in the world”, and Ana Roš received the Prístino Award for her creativity and encouraging her colleagues to work with local producers, as she does, to contribute to the local economy and sustainability.
Anne-Sophie Pic received the one that recognizes her as the author of the best restaurant experience, in this case at Maison Pic (France), although she dedicated it to the teams of her various premises.
Natsuko Shoij’s artistry was valued in her dishes, an award she thanked through tears; Josh Nilan (Saint Peter, Australia) for his innovation in the processing and preservation of fish, and repeats Franco Pepe (Pepe in Grani, Italy) as the best pizza maker in the world, who acknowledged carrying “with pride” the responsibility of ” make a traditional dish like pizza evolve.
Jessica Rosval (Casa Maria Luigia, Italy) is the young rising star, Pierre Koffmann has been chosen as the legend of gastronomy, a French veteran who has developed his career in the United Kingdom -mainly in the three Michelin stars La Tante Claire- and the best entry in The Best Chef list corresponds to Riccardo Camanini with his Lido 84 (Italy).
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