Yesterday's Michelin Star awards gala in Seville left Mallorca with nine Michelin Stars across eight restaurants, the same number as last year but with one change of venue.
So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here is the starry firmament of Mallorcan cuisine for 2020 -
Zaranda, by Fernando Pérez Arellano keeps its two stars, and the following all have one star; Adrián Quetglas (Palma), Andreu Genestra (Capdepera), Voro (Canyamel), Es Fum (Palmanova), Es Racó d'Es Teix (Deià), Jardín (Port d'Alcudia), and Marc Fosh (Palma.)
The one change is that the Argos restaurant in Puerto de Pollensa is no longer on the list but the Voro restaurant (photos) in the Park Hyatt Mallorca Hotel in Canyamel is. It's not as big a shock as it may seem at first sight because the head chef at Argos, Álvaro Salazar, and almost his entire team upped sticks and left to go to the newly opened luxury hotel this year.
The prestigious Michelin award is nevertheless still a remarkable achievement for the young chef – a bit of a free spirited rebel in the gastrosphere – who's only been in charge since March 2019. The short, sharp name 'Voro' means to devour in Latin and clients have been queueing up to wolf down the food at Voro all year.
For Salazar, who clearly has plans to become Master of the Gastroverse, it's obviously a labour of love. Here's what he says about Voro;
“a journey, an attitude, a universe that transcends borders and horizons yet never stops looking towards the Mediterranean. VORO is naturalness, provocation and sophistication. Free-spirited cuisine without any ties. A savoury and irreproachable culinary experience that never forgets origins or geographies which, as well expressed by the etymology, invites guests to voraciously devour and consume their succulent menus.”
Well done to all of them as they've certainly kept Mallorca on the discerning tourism map.