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CULINARY GENIUS: Andalucia’s own Dani Garcia

ANDALUCIA’S greatest chef will burn out this evening with a grand soiree, featuring a stable of Spain’s most celebrated cookery stars.

Dani Garcia will close his eponymous three Michelin starred restaurant this evening, with the help of celebrity chefs Ferran Adria, Joan Roca and Angel León.

During the ‘Last Supper’, which is a sell-out, he will also be aided by Paco Roncero and Quique Dacosta, who is set to zoom in from Alicante, where he has three stars at his famous Denia restaurant.

The Marbella chef will officially hand back his three stars at the annual Michelin ceremony next week, where (hopefully) a number of new Spanish stars will be born.

Garcia, who opened his Golden Mile restaurant in 2014, will concentrate on his new business Bibo, which is opening in the Middle East, as well as other parts of the world.

The 43-year-old chef announced the closure of his restaurant just one month after it received its third Michelin star last year. 

A Star Is Born Benito Gomez
WISH UPON A STAR: Benito Gomez of Bardal restaurant

But as one star fades, new ones are set to be born at the 2020 Spain & Portugal guide gala, which is taking place in Andalucia, for the first time on Wednesday.

The big ceremony, at Teatro Lope de Vega, in Sevilla, is guaranteed to create a few new Michelin starred restaurants, as well as give extra stars to some of the current crop.

These could include Ronda super-chef Benito Gomez, who is hoping to earn a second Michelin star for his Ronda-based Bardal restaurant. 

He told the Olive Press this week: “It would be amazing, but I’ve only been open for three years so it is very unlikely.”

His restaurant won its first star last year and found itself nearly full for the following three months.

“It has been great for business and we have seen a lot of growth since then,” continues Gomez, who previously worked at Tragabuches, where Dani Garcia got his first star 15 years ago.

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