Yesterday evening, 20 November 2013, saw the Michelin Guide announce Spain and Portugal’s latest Michelin star rated restaurants and Bib Gourmands for 2014. Among those celebrating is DiverXO which was the only new restaurant to be awarded three stars in the new guide. DiverXO’s head chef, David Muñoz, who trained at London’s Nobu and Hakkasan, received his first star by the Michelin Guide in 2009 and his second in 2011. His latest achievement puts his restaurant alongside Spain’s other three-star restaurants: Quique Dacosta in Dénia, Alicante, Akelare and Arzak in Donostia-San Sebastián, Martin Berasategui in Lasarte-Oria, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Azurmendi in Larrabetzu and Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar.
While Spain now has 8 restaurants in its three-star category (making it third place in Europe for top-rated restaurants after Germany, 11, and France, 27), it now has 17 two-star restaurants, including two newcomers: restaurant El Portal in Ezcaray (La Rioja) and M.B. in Guía de Isora. No longer listed in the two-star category is restaurant Can Fabes, which closed earlier this year.
Spain has also gained a new generation of Michelin venues, in the form of 20 new one-star restaurants. Among the winners are Tickets and 41° in Barcelona, a tapas and cocktail bar run by Ferran Adrià and his brother Albert, which opened in 2011.
Portugal also celebrates two new one-star restaurants: Eleven in Lisbon and L'and Vineyards in Monremor-o-Novo, bringing its total of one-star restaurants up to a palatably round figure of 10.
A full list of Michelins tars and bib Gourmands can be downloaded here: Michelin Guide Spain/Portugal 2014