The Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal 2015 is fast approaching and we’ll keep you updated with the results of the Michelin Starred Restaurants in Spain for 2015! In the meantime, over the next few days we’ll be showcasing some of the Best Michelin starred Chefs in Spain, if not the World, with our own Pre-Michelin Guide Restaurants 2015 SuperChef Series by Gourmand Breaks- An insight into the world of some of the current Michelin 3 star and Michelin 2 star chefs in Spain!

Previously, we showcased Michelin 3 star chef David Muñoz – DiverXO and Michelin 2 star chefs Paco Pérez – Miramar and Enoteca, Andoni Luis Aduritz – Mugaritz and Jordi Cruz – ABaC.  In no particular order, today a Michelin 3 Starred chef whose roots and creative work are based on the Costa Blanca coast:

Quique Dacosta– Proudly heads Michelin 3 star restaurant Quique Dacosta in Denia, which is also placed 41st in the Top 50 restaurants of the World list for 2014 by Restaurant magazine.  To be enjoyed on one of our Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours :)

Quique Dacosta was born in 1972 in Cáceres and at age 14 moved to Denia, Alicante where he still lives today.

In the summer of 1986 Quique Dacosta started working in the kitchens as a plate washer which extended to include weekend work while he finished his studies in Denia. At age 16 Quique Dacosta started working in the family owned restaurant El Poblet, which he never left and it now takes his name as Michelin 3 star restaurant Quique Dacosta.

El Poblet started life in 1981 as a Spanish restaurant offering Castilliano cuisine. At the end of the ’80’s, and in the 90’s under the rein of Quique Dacosta from 1999,  El Poblet was transforming and mixing styles to offer a new Valencian cuisine.  In 2002 the first Michelin star was awarded and in 2006 the second.  In 2009 El Poblet changed its name and became what it is world-renowned as today, Quique Dacosta Restaurant. The Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal for 2013 awarded Quique Dacosta Restaurant with its current Michelin 3 star status.

Quique Dacosta is self-taught through hard work, and by reading books, in his home-land and today flies the flag of the culture and cuisine of the area by only using locally sourced produce from within 75 km of his restaurant. Michelin 3 star restaurant Quique Dacosta cuisine today is classed as creative, traditional and modernist.

Quique Dacosta dish

 

In 2012 Quique Dacosta Restaurant entered the prestigious Restaurant Magazine Best 50 restaurants of the world list at Number 40.  For 2013 Quique Dacosta rose to 26th place but for 2014 dropped to Number 41.

A businessman as well as a chef Quique Dacosta formed the company Daco & Co in 2010 which expands new gastronomic concepts and at the moment includes:

Mercatbar, Valencia, his first project outside Dénia,  that opened in 2010 – serves classic and historic tapas.

Vuelve Carolina, Valencia- a modern and contemporary Gastrobar

El Poblet Restaurant, Valencia – a homenage to his roots,  located above Vuelve Carolina

 

With Spanish Chefs taking the World by storm, now is the time to visit Spain, home to 10% of the World’s Best Restaurants and numerous Michelin starred Restaurants!  On one of our Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours you can indulge in the Best Michelin Starred Restaurants in Spain.  Contact us for your personalized quote.