The Málagacrea gastronomy competition is over and the winners of two categories have been announced.
Forming part of an ongoing campaign to promote Andaluz cusine, The Youth Department of Málaga City Council organises an annual contest, “Málagacrea Gastronomia”.
The competition focuses on recognising the efforts of chefs under 30 years of age, who are beginning their careers in Andaluz kitchens.
High level gastronomy is already well at home in Málaga province, with it holding 10 Michelin Stars, the highest in Andalucia.
The five finalists of this year’s edition of Málagacrea, made up mostly of professionals from innovative restaurants on the Andalusian gastronomic scene, competed yesterday at the ‘Los Patios de Beatas’ wine Bar (Málaga), in two stages (“Málaga cuisine” and “Desserts”). The five finalists had three hours to prepare and present their dishes to the judges.
The judges included some of the most highly respected professionals in Andaluz gastronomy. These included Juan Miguel Rubio (coordinator), María García (chef-owner of “Postres Candy’s”), Director of “The Gourmet Journal,” Manuel Balanzino, Camilo Rojas (chef of “Vinoteca-Restaurante Los Patios de Beatas”), Antonio Carrillo (President of “La Carta Malacitana”), Arantxa López (Director of Agro Periódico Magazine) and Julián Sanjuán (Manager/Sommelier at “Vinoteca-Restaurante Los Patios de Beatas”).
In the Malaga cuisine category, Francisco Javier González Salguero won the award for his dish “Cured Mackerel Tartar over cold onion soup”; and in the dessert category, Cristina Vargas Pérez won, for her”Naranja del Guadalhorce” (pictured above)
Councillor for Education, Youth and Employment, Luis Verde, announced the winners at an award ceremony in Málaga.
In addition to the awards for the winners, a variety of food products were also delivered for the attendees. The products supplied came from Regulatory Council of DD.O. Málaga, Sierras de Málaga and Pasas de Málaga, Agri-food promo brand Sabor a Málaga, (part of Málaga Provincial Counci), Carta Malacitana, Gastronomic Academy of Malaga; Agro Periódico Magazine, Caviar de Riofrío, Vinoteca-Restaurante Patios de Beatas and San Miguel.