First day of Gastrónoma, a taste of success with the ‘stars’

First day of Gastrónoma, a taste of success with the ‘stars’

The fair, which opened its doors today and runs until Tuesday 12th November, began with a presentation by Ricard Camarena, the recent winner of the National Gastronomy Award.

Tomorrow, Monday 11th November at 11am, the Valencian Regional Secretary for Tourism, Francesc Colomer, will be visiting Gastrónoma with representatives from Feria Valencia.

Tomorrow the event celebrates Costa Blanca Day, featuring top chefs from the province of Alicante, who will be showcasing their signature dishes and their cuisine based on quality produce.

Valencia, 10th November 2019 – Gastrónoma opened its doors today and is already proving to be a huge success. Thousands of trade professionals and gourmet lovers visited the Mediterranean food fair today, which will continue until Tuesday 12th November and which got off the ground with a very special presentation by Ricard Camarena, the recent winner of the National Gastronomy Award.

In addition to Ricard Camarena’s presentation with Mexico’s Edgar Núñez, the Central Kitchen – The Exquisite Space has also seen other top national and international chefs take to the stage, such as Luis Valls, chef at El Poblet; Miriam de Andrés, the first woman to be awarded two Repsol suns in Valencia; Sacha Hormaechea, alma mater of the Sacha restaurant; David García, in charge of the Corral de la Morería; Nazario Cano, chef at the El Rodat restaurant; Rubén Escudero, Gastón Acurio’s right-hand man at the Parisian Manko restaurant, and Marta Campillo, head waiter of the DiverxXO restaurant.

In an emotional ceremony, the ‘One of Us’ Gastrónoma Award was presented this year to Loles Salvador, for her career and her achievements with the La Sucursal Group. The chef dedicated the award to her children and recalled other top female chefs who, like her, paved the way for women to move into the world of haute cuisine.

In turn, the #pandeverdad area played host to the ‘La Pepa’ group, which presented a range of signature breads and made loaves from very different origins with the help of renowned bakers from all over the region. Desserts were served on the new Be Sweet stage, with cooking shows led by Marc Rodellas, Ruth Gou and Manu Jara. It is worth mentioning that the “Valencia D.O. Rice Room” opened its doors to the public with Jorge Moreno, from Voraz, who let his imagination run wild with rice. Carlos Julián, for his part, spoke about rice dishes in the three different parts of a menu, a subject on which he is an expert. However, they were not the only chefs taking part: Luis Arrufat, Nacho Romero, Kiko Lázaro, Germán Carrizo, Carito Lourenço, Juan Carlos Galbis, Alberto Alonso and Mar Soler all prepared their own rice dishes.

Monday 11th November at Gastrónoma

Tomorrow, Gastrónoma is set to receive a visit from the Valencian Regional Secretary for Tourism, Francesc Colomer. The visit will take place at 11am and Colomer will be accompanied by Carlos Mataix, Chairman of Gastrónoma, Alejandro Roda, the event’s Director, and other representatives from Feria Valencia and the government.

In addition, more presentations and more content are expected in the 13 different areas within Gastrónoma: Be Sweet, #pandeverdad, the Gastronomy Space and the “Valencia D.O. Rice Room” will all be hard at work with a programme full of content and plenty of food, lots of products and all the latest trends.

The Central Kitchen – The Exquisite Space will be hosting the ‘Costa Blanca Day’, a day featuring top chefs from the province of Alicante, who will be showcasing their signature dishes and their cuisine based on quality produce. Some of the chefs participating include Alberto Ferruz, chef and founder of the BonAmb restaurant, with two Michelin stars and three Repsol suns, who will be cooking alongside Christian Bravo, Peruvian chef and ambassador for the Peru brand; Kiko Moya, chef of L’Escaleta, with two Michelin stars and three Repsol suns, who will be sharing the stage with Josean Alija, head chef of Nerua; Susi Diaz, who will be talking about sweet and savoury dishes alongside Paco Torreblanca; and Rafael Poveda, oenologist of MG Wines and one of the greatest connoisseurs of Fondillón and Alicante wines in general.

With the backing of the Alicante Provincial Council and its Provincial Tourism Board, Gastrónoma will be giving this region, with its spectacular culinary history and more than a dozen Michelin stars, a chance to shine.

The chef from Tokyo, Nobuaki Fushiki, who is a specialist in fermentation cuisine, will also be taking part in the event. Together with host chef Diego Laso, from the Momiji restaurant, they will be reflecting and preparing different examples of this type of food.

Gastrónoma is backed by the Valencian Regional Government and the Provincial Councils of Alicante, Castellon and Valencia. It is organised by Feria Valencia, with the support of the leading industry associations and the cooperation of the Valencian Region’s top chefs.

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