Despite a difficult year for the hospitality sector Andalucía has maintained its position in the Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal 2021 awards that were presented in a virtual gala from Madrid on Monday night.
Presented by actors Cayetana Guillén Cuervo and Miguel Ángel Muñoz in the Real Casa de Correos, the ceremony saw the province of Malaga scoop eight awards and across Andalucía a total of 23.
In Malaga province stars were awarded to José Carlos García Restaurant (the only one in Malaga city), Sollo (Fuengirola), and El Lago and Messina in Marbella. Two stars were achieved by Bardal in Ronda and Skina (Marbella).
At a regional level stars were given to Alevante (Chiclana de la Frontera, Cadiz), Choco (Cordoba), La Costa (El Ejido, Almeria), Acanthum (Huelva), Abantal (Seville), Alejandro (Almeria), Bagá, and Dama Juana in Jaén, and Lú Cocina y Alma and Mantúa in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz). And with two Michelin stars, Noor (Cordoba), and with three, Aponiente (Puerto de Santa María, Cadiz).
A new ‘green’ sustainability category that recognises restaurants and chefs who are "particularly committed to defending the environment" went to Diego Gallegos of Sollo in Fuengirola who said, “We are very happy, it is a recognition of the work that we have been doing since we opened Sollo.”
At the national level the number of restaurants with three stars remains at 11, while three new restaurants with two stars have been announced: Bo.TiC (Corçà, Girona), Cinc Sentits (Barcelona), and Culler de Pau (O Grove, Pontevedra). The total number of two-star restaurants has risen to 38.
Several new one-star restaurants have been incorporated in the guide - 19 in Spain and two in Portugal. They are Ambivium (Peñafiel, Valladolid), Amelia (Donostia / San Sebastián), Atempo (Sant Julia de Ramis, Girona), Baeza & Rufete (Alacant), Béns d'Avall (Sóller / Mallorca), Callizo (Aínsa, Huesca), DINS Santi Taura (Palma / Mallorca), Eirado (Pontevedra), En la Parra (Salamanca), Espacio N (Esquedas, Huesca), L'Aliança 1919 d'Anglès (Anglès, Girona), La Salita (Valencia), Miguel González (Pereiro de Aguiar, Ourense), Mu • na (Ponferrada, León), Odiseo (Murcia), Quatre Molins (Cornudella de Montsant, Tarragona), Raíces-Carlos Maldonado (Talavera de la Reina, Toledo), Saddle (Madrid) and Silabario (Vigo). In Portugal, the newcomers are 100 Maneiras and Eneko Lisboa, both in the capital Lisbon.
There are now 203 restaurants in total with the sought-after stars.
It has been a particularly complicated year for the guide's inspectors due to the temporary closure of many restaurants during the Covid pandemic.
“The work carried out by the inspectors in Spain and Portugal has paid off and has surprised us, since being such a difficult year for the hospitality industry, we have continued to find young values and innovative dishes that, increasingly based on local products, are capable of offering us a real gastronomic pleasure," said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides.