29 Jun, 2019 @ 15:00
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IN PICS: The winning dishes of Masterchef 7, filmed in UNESCO-honoured Denia on the Costa Blanca

THESE are the dishes that won 26-year-old fishmonger Aleix Puig Masterchef 2019.

The seventh edition of the hit show was held in Denia and featured local three-Michelin starred chef Quique Dacosta.

The three plates, named ‘Where I’m From’, ‘Where I Am’ and ‘Where I’m Going’, chart the three phases of Aleix’s now nationwide famous life.

ROOTS: After smoking the sardines, Aleix left them to marinate in salt, sugar and lemon zest

The first dish consisted of chopped, home-smoked sardines on a tomato bizcocho, with frozen basil and a black garlic sauce.

The starter touched on culinary themes of Aleix’s youth, in Barcelona.

MAIN: After briefly scalding the shellfish, Aleix kept them in cold salt water before serving

The main dish was based upon Aleix’s working life as a fishmonger with his mother. 

It featured exquisitely prepared cockles, clams, barnacles and mussels, alongside ponzu-marinated scallops and lobster in a turbot consomme, with kimchi and freshly-prepared mayonnaise. 

TRY YOURSELF: The full recipes can be found online, follow the above link

The dessert dish blew the judges away with a dish rooted in Aleix’s upbringing, but encapsulating his wildest dreams.

The dish was built from crema catalana with two ‘moon stones’ – made from orange liqueur, cocoa butter and breadcumbs and frozen in liquid nitrogen – with violet-flavoured ice cream and broken bits of frozen mulberry and raspberry.

The three sumptuous dishes won Aleix the tournament, and a tidy 100,000, in the UNESCO designated Creative City of Gastronomy.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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