It’s been a good year for Catalán Cuisine.
El Celler de Can Roca, a home-grown Catalán restaurant located about 100 km north of Barcelona in Girona, was named the world’s best restaurant by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, a culinary committee who makes a yearly list of the world’s 100 best restaurants.
Barcelona’s Tickets Bar placed 42nd on the list, making it the highest — and only — rated Barcelona restaurant in the top 100. Madrid’s DiverXO, the only three-star Michelin restaurant south of Basque Country, placed 59th on the list.
In all, Spain had seven restaurants place in the top 50 and nine restaurants place in the top 100.
S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna sponsor the awards. They gave each restaurant a nice write-up, explaining what makes the eatery worthy of a spot on the list.
El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Catalonia, Spain)
This is what the committee had to say about El Celler de Can Roca, a restaurant run by the three Roca brothers:
Tickets Bar (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
The committee was equally praiseworthy of Tickets, who finished higher than Madrid’s DiverXO even though the Barcelona hot-spot received a single 2015 Michelin star compared to the trifecta its Madrid rival won:
Albert Adriá, Tickets (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
Along with the list of the world’s best restaurants, The Top 50 also gives awards to chefs. This year, Tickets’ Albert Adriá won the title of World’s Best Pastry Chef. Here’s what the selection committee had to say about the brother of legendary chef Ferran Adriá:
Within the open kitchen, serious-looking chefs make playful desserts. ‘Pancakes’ look like the real deal but are actually constructed from an impossibly thin layer of caramelised sugar and filled with a cloud-like rum cream; a delicate liquid of lychee and rose water is encased in an equally fragile sphere and presented in the middle of a rose.
The tweezer-wielding chef responsible for this jaw-dropping technical wizardry is Albert Adrià. While his brother Ferran is considerably more famous, insiders know that the younger sibling was also instrumental in the world-renowned success of El Bulli.