Cooking in good company at 'Sopar de l'Any'
This Tuesday I was one of the chefs in charge of preparing the dinner for the Català de l’Any (Catalan of the Year) 2017 award at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya. The dinner brought together 13 cooks with a total of 27 Michelin stars to prepare a gastronomic selection of 11 tapas.
With my team from Jubany Events I prepared a mille-feuille of potato with steak tartare to give the 700 guests a taste of Jubany cuisine.
The award went to the actor Josep Maria Pou. A well-deserved award - he's such a great actor! What I find more difficult to understand is the symbolic Catalan of the Year award given to me by the rest of my chef colleagues, who voted among themselves. Carme Ruscalleda and Carles Gaig both voted for me, which I really appreciate.
When they asked me for my nomination, I didn't hesitate in saying Nil Puigseslloses, the son of my friend. He's 15 years old and says I'm a brave man for taking part in the Dakar rally but I think he, who has had to overcome a lot of illnesses all this time, is far braver than I am. He deserves it!
We promote healthy eating at the event “Alicia't”
This weekend, Món Sant Benet hosted the sixth edition of the Alicia't Festival to promote gastronomy and healthy eating. Among this year's novelties was the haute cuisine initiative, in which I was able to bring closer the Can Jubany culinary proposal with Carlitos.
We both displayed the great range of options we have at our disposal with local products to make cooking easy, healthy and fun. Many thanks to the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera, the Fundació Alicia and the Diputació de Barcelona for inviting us to the party!
We present 3rd Catalan Cooking Congress
This Thursday I was in the Aula Magna of the University of Vic to present an initiative that will allow us to highlight Catalan cuisine throughout our territory: 3rd Catalan Cooking Congress. As president of the territorial commission, I was delighted to be able to participate at the congress together with Màrius Rubiralta, general coordinator, and Jordi Montaña, the university Dean of the UVic-UCC.
Did you know when the 2nd edition of the Catalan Cuisine Congress was held? Next year it will have been 25 years! In a quarter of a century, the profession of a chef has changed a lot. We are pushing forward the economy of the country, together with farmers and producers. It is, therefore, of the utmost importance to strengthen our role as the socio-economic and cultural pillar of the country.
In the territorial commission of the Area Barcelona – Central counties I work alongside an excellent team of the most representative institutions of the territory, administrations, unions and companies of the cooking and food sector. There is a lot to be done, but we are convinced that we’ll have a magnificent return on a gastronomic benchmark not only locally, but worldwide.
“Dreams at the table” are possible!
On Friday 6 of April, I shared the Jubany Gastronomy with the "Dreams at the table", a charity dinner organized by the Rotary Club of Manresa-Bages; together with the support of 750 volunteers we raised 50,000 euros for the Oncologic day hospital and Hematologic of Althaia. Congratulations!
Participating in solidarity acts always reaffirms me that I am where I am supposed to be; and that is to share gastronomy at causes like this that fulfils me; the dinner service was held by Jubany team and thirty more volunteers of Fundació Joviat.
The menu, as always, a multi dish appetizer, such as the whisky sour bonbon, the world's best olives and the anchovy-almond; the well-known sobrassada omelette, cheese and honey, and the sponge brioche with candied pork belly & Hoisin sauce, topped it off with a superb cheese board.
At the table, we also served our Jubany egg cooked at low temperature with seasonal vegetables and sobrassada crumbs, and a beef filet “Paris coffee” style with a thousand layers of baked potato and Iberian ham. The dinner was completed with a delicious dessert of hazelnut brittle and stracciatella ice cream.
My very best wishes to Rotary Club for this initiative & thank you to have counted on me. My pleasure!
National Gastronomy Awards Dinner 2018
I had the pleasure of starting the month of March by preparing the dinner that the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy and Nutrition organised for the guests of the National Gastronomy Awards 2018.
With my team, we prepared a diverse menu with dishes such as 'peas with perica eggs, bacon and black truffle', 'our version of Cap y Pota with espadrilles', 'Royal hare with pear and beetroot' and for dessert 'Layered citrus fruit' and 'Baba rum flambé with ice cream'.
This year's winners of the Academy were Isidre Gironès, winner of the National Gastronomy Award; Joel Castanyé, chef at the La Boscana restaurant, winner of the Revelation Award; Isabelle Brunet de Monvínic, winner of the Maître d' Award; and Pordamsa, winner of the Academy's Special Award.