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There was a great celebration party tonight  in Madrid at the Ritz Hotel following the announcement of the new Spain Michelin Guide 2013.   This year we are delighted to report a mighty Twenty new Michelin Stars in Spain!

Two new Michelin 3 star restaurants  – Quique Dacosta Restaurante (Denia, Alicante) and Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Vizcaya), the latter of which was a great surprise,  as its chef Eneko Atxa had just recieved his second Michelin star two years ago.   He represents a new generation of Basque chefs with very clear ideas about cuisine,  inspired with the product and recipes from his surroundings.  Another surprise for many people was that, unfortunately, Mugaritz, a great 2 starred Basque restaurant did not receive a well deserved 3rd Michelin star.  Contrary to what was speculated, Madrid did not receive any three stars, although it does  maintain 6 restaurants with 2 Michelin stars – Sant Celoni, Diverxo, Ramón Freixa, Sergi Arola Gastro, la Terraza del Casino and our favorite Club Allard.

Two new 2 Michelin stars for:

Enoteca  of chef Paco Perez, at  hotel Arts in  Barcelona

Moments of  chef Raul Balam ( son of 3 Michelin starred chef Carmen Ruscalleda),  also  in Barcelona.

One New Michelin Star for:

La Prensa (Zaragoza)

Ricard Camarena (Valencia)

Chirón (Valdemoro,Madrid)

Els Brancs (Roses, Girona)

José Carlos García (Málaga)

Kabuki de Guía de Isora (Tenerife)

Culler de Pau (O Grove, Pontevedra)

El Puerto (Gijón)

Alejandro G. Urrutia (Gijón)

Ars Natura (Cuenca)

Mina (Bilbao)

Nectari (Barcelona)

Lluerna (Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona)

Koy Shunka (Barcelona)

Dos Palillos (Barcelona)

Les Magnòlies (Arbúcies, Girona)

Congratulations to our wonderful Spanish chefs!

Results like these show that Spain really is the perfect place to enjoy a gastronomic holiday! If you would like to experience some of Spain´s top  restaurants for yourself, our Ultimate Gourmet Tour  includes luxury dining throughout at Michelin starred restaurants in both traditionally rustic and fashionably modern venues.