News & Views 4 minutes 15 December 2021

The MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal 2022 a breakthrough for young talent in all four corners of the Iberian Peninsula

Michelin is pleased to present the new selection of restaurants from the MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal. Revealed in the auditorium of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the 2022 awards reference some 1,362 establishments throughout Spain, Portugal, and the Principality of Andorra, including 11 Three-Star restaurants, 40 Two-Star restaurants, 211 One-Star restaurants and 284 Bib Gourmand restaurants.

Restaurants Guia Michelin España Portugal

Reflecting the intensity and dynamism of the Iberian gastronomic scene – which impressed the MICHELIN Guide inspectors enormously – , the MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal boasts 4 new restaurants with 2 Stars in Spain and 33 that have been awarded their first Star (27 in Spain, 5 in Portugal and 1 in Andorra).

Eight new restaurants, 6 in Spain and 2 in Portugal, are also highlighted for their remarkable commitment to more sustainable gastronomy and receive a MICHELIN Green Star.
Lastly, gourmets who are keen to enjoy a great meal at a reasonable price will appreciate the addition of 43 new Bib Gourmand restaurants – 41 in Spain and 2 in Portugal – to round out this selection.

4 new Spanish restaurants distinguished by two MICHELIN Stars

In Donostia/San Sebastián, the Amelia by Paulo Airaudo restaurant earns two new MICHELIN Stars and is part of local gastronomic scene that is already particularly bright. Within this intimate restaurant with direct access onto La Concha beach, happy customers who are lucky enough to be seated at the counter or at one of the three tables that make up the dining room will appreciate the finesse and audacity of the cuisine from a chef who, through a particularly creative tasting menu, deftly marries Basque gastronomy to culinary influences with an Argentinian, Italian or even Japanese flavor.

At Voro, located in Canyamel on the island of Majorca, the dishes prepared by chef Álvaro Salazar and his team reach new heights of finesse and refinement, and offer a reinterpretation of classic Mediterranean and Majorcan recipes with subtle plays on textures and nuances.

At the Smoked Room, a particularly trendy restaurant in Madrid, the young chef Massimiliano Delle Vedove demonstrates his mastery of cooking techniques, in this case charcoal grilling, which particularly impressed our inspectors, who were delighted by the subtle smoky dishes.

Lastly, the Iván Cerdeño restaurant, named after its chef, offers an exceptional setting – an old cigarral with magnificent views of the Tajo and the city of Toledo – to enjoy cuisine that pays homage to produce from La Mancha. With dishes offering a creative and innovative edge, the chef allows gourmets to enjoy a particularly rich local culinary heritage.

In total, the MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal 2022 references 40 Two-Star restaurants, of which 33 are in Spain and 7 in Portugal. In the Three Star category, the 11 restaurants recommended with this distinction last year have maintained this in the 2022 edition.

Garena / Custudio/Garena
Garena / Custudio/Garena

Thirty-three new One-Star restaurants that illustrate the strength of the Iberian gastronomic scene

Despite the past year being especially difficult for the restaurant industry, gourmets will be delighted to learn that Spain and Portugal see an impressive number of new MICHELIN Star restaurants flourishing everywhere in these countries.

Spain thus boasts 27 new restaurants spread across almost the entire country. Listed alphabetically : Alejandro Serrano (Miranda de Ebro), Arrels (Sagunt), Atalaya (Alcossebre), Atempo (Barcelona), Auga e Sal (Santiago de Compostela), Ayalga (Ribadesella), Cañabota (Seville), Casona del Judío (Santander), Coto de Quevedo (Torre de Juan Abad), Deessa (Madrid), El Rincón de Juan Carlos (Adeje – Tenerife), El Serbal (Santander), Fierro (Valencia), Garena (Dima), Kaido Sushi Bar (Valencia), La Gaia (Eivissa/Ibiza), Lera (Castroverde de Campos), Lienzo (Valencia), Ment by Óscar Calleja (Salamanca), Nintai (Marbella), Nub (Adeje – Tenerife), Nublo (Haro), Peix & Brases (Dénia), Poemas by Hermanos Padrón (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Gran Canaria), Quimbaya (Madrid), Versátil (Zarza de Granadilla) and Zaranda (Palma – Majorca).

Among these, our inspectors were particularly impressed by the modern and sophisticated dishes with a Mediterranean flavor from chef Vicky Sevilla at the Arrels restaurant. At the Quimbaya restaurant, chef Edwin Rodríguez plays the exotic card by inviting his guests to journey to Colombia thanks to his intense, colorful, and extremely well-executed cuisine. Another illustration of the vibracy and diversity of the Spanish gastronomic scene, lovers of Japanese cuisine will be delighted by the omakase menu offered by chef Yoshikazu Yanome at the Kaido Sushi Bar.

Portugal also distinguishes itself with 5 new restaurants awarded one MICHELIN Star for their cuisine : Al Sud (Lagos), A Ver Tavira (Tavira), CURA (Lisbon), Esporão (Reguengos de Monsaraz) and Vila Foz (Porto).

Lastly, the Principality of Andorra boasts a new restaurant joining the 2022 edition of the Guide with one Star : the Ibaya restaurant (in Soldeu), run by Spanish chef Francis Paniego and located in the Sport Hermitage hotel.

Eight new establishments receive a MICHELIN Green Star for their commitment to sustainability

Awarded for the second year in the MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal, the MICHELIN Green Star showcases 8 new restaurants. The remarkable commitments of these establishments towards sustainable gastronomy, coupled with a strong culinary identity, provide particularly inspiring restaurant experiences. Six of these are located in Spain: Cenador de Amós (Villaverde de Pontones), Coque (Madrid), El Celler de Can Roca (Girona), Finca Alfoliz (Aljaraque), Lera (Castroverde de Campos) and Maca de Castro (Port d’Alcúdia – Majorca).

For the first time in Portugal, 2 restaurants also receive a MICHELIN Green Star : Esporão in Reguengos de Monsaraz and Il Gallo d'Oro in Funchal, in the Madeira archipelago.

In highlighting these establishments that are at the cutting edge in terms of sustainable gastronomy, the MICHELIN Green Star thus makes their worthy initiatives and deeply committed approaches reverberate throughout the community of gourmets and the entire gastronomy sector. In doing so, the MICHELIN Guide encourages everyone to take an interest in these inspiring restaurants.

In total, with the restaurants already showcased last year, 29 restaurants are thus distinguished by a Green Star in the 2022 Guide.

Javier Penas / Smoked Room
Javier Penas / Smoked Room

43 new Bib Gourmand restaurants

A popular distinction with our readers, the Bib Gourmand identifies restaurants in the MICHELIN Guide selection that offer the best quality-to-price ratios : a full menu for a maximum of EUR 35. In the 2022 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal, 284 Bib Gourmand restaurants are recommended, of which 43 are new restaurants (41 in Spain and 2 in Portugal).

Two new special prizes to encourage young talent and training

This year, and for the first time in Spain and Portugal, the MICHELIN Guide introduced the MICHELIN Young Chef Prize and the MICHELIN Chef Mentor Prize, through which it wished to celebrate two great catering professionals and showcase their talent and daily work.

The MICHELIN Young Chef Prize, presented by Makro, was awarded to Mario Cachinero of the Skina restaurant (Marbella). This talented chef, aged just 25, has been impressing our inspectors for several years. In fact, since the 2020 edition of the Guide, Mario has, thanks to inventive and perfectly mastered cuisine that reinvents certain traditional Andalusian recipes, earned his restaurant two MICHELIN Stars ; a distinction he has retained once again this year.

The MICHELIN Chef Mentor Prize, presented by Blancpain, is awarded to Martín Berasategui. The chef, originally from San Sebastián, who has been running his eponymous three-Star restaurant in Lasarte-Oria for several years as well as overseeing various restaurants in Spain and Portugal, receives this award after a career spanning nearly 50 years. With humility, Martín Berasategui has trained multiple generations of chefs, to whom he has imparted his culinary approach, his work references and above all, his passion for a trade in which he demonstrates respect for produce, to a taste for effort, and to teamwork.

The full and updated selection from the MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal 2022 can be found on the MICHELIN Guide website (here and here) and on its app, available free of charge for iOS and Android

The MICHELIN Guide Spain and Portugal 2022 at a glance :

- 11 Three Stars restaurants
- 40 Two Stars restaurants (of which 4 new)
- 211 One Star restaurants (of which 33 new)
- 29 MICHELIN Green Star restaurants (of which 8 new)
- 284 Bib Gourmands restaurants (of which 43 new)
- and 816 other restaurants recommended for the quality of their cuisine (of which 125 new)

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