Mallorca's fourth annual gastro prize giving
The lucky members of the Balearic Association of Gastronomy Writers and Journalists, who it would appear spend their working lives out eating and drinking, dropped their knives, forks and keyboards long enough to get together to decide on the crème de la crème of the Mallorca culinary scene.
After much mulling, they decided on where the best food and drink in Mallorca in a number of categories was to be had, and it will come as no surprise that establishments and people from all over the island were amongst the prize winners rather than just the capital, Palma, scooping the awards.
So, in no particular order the winners were;
Baker of the year – Jaume Oliver of the Can Salem patisserie in a small side street in Algaida. Jaume reputedly confects the best ensaimadas in all Mallorca and will ask customers when they intend to eat them so he can pack them accordingly.
Restaurant Revelation - Adrián Quetglas on the Paseo Mallorca in Palma. Adrian has recently returned from 10 years in Moscow and likes to use local ingredients in has avante gard creations (photo)
Chef of the Year - Fernando P. Arellano of Zaranda in es Capdellà. Fernando now has two Michelin stars so is hard to beat in Mallorca.
The 'Caty Juan de Corral' award for traditional cuisine – Miquel Gelabart of Can March in Manacor. Miquel's another chef you'll find all over our news section and takes part in many of the Peccata Minuta events.
Local Product Promotion - Biel Torrens from the Can Calo agricultural finca in Sencelles. Everything produced here is ecologically sound and uses traditional methods where possible (photo)
Somelier – Roberto Duran of Club 67 in Pall Mall, London. Mallorcan Roberto won Spanish Somelier of the year in 2015 and is completing his studies in London whilst working in an exclusive private club.
Best Bar – Brassclub, Paseo de Mallorca, Palma. Rafa Martin, awarding winning mixologist, proves again that the best cocktails in Palma are in Brassclub. (photo)
Career Professional - Josef Sauerschell of Es Racó d'es Teix in Deià. Awarded his first Michelin star in 1991, Josef's been consistently good in his own Deia restaurant for centuries!
Well done to all the prize winners and well done to me for translating it all from Catalan! Come on Balearic journalists, write in a language more people understand if you want to attract people to your island's bars, restaurants and other culinary establishments!