Who are the best chefs on Mallorca?
abcMallorca gathered together 12 of our favourite chefs for a fun photo shoot by well known food photographer Nando Esteva. Find out more about the best chefs on Mallorca by reading their profiles here:
Fernando Pérez Arellano
Fernando’s two Michelin-starred cuisine was originally enjoyed in Madrid, before he moved his restaurant Zaranda (and team) to its new home in Mallorca. His cocina de autor reflects his “creativity and experience”, and is based on local products that are in season at the market.
He creates dishes that reflect Mallorca, his adopted island – such as his own take on sopas de matanza. He likes the “good weather, sea and the sensation of being in a small place that feels large.”
With two Michelin stars, Zaranda offers a memorable gastronomic experience, based on a choice of tasting menus by Fernando P Arellano. […] An award-winning dinner at Restaurant Zaranda
Teamwork, love for the profession and soulful food. Chef Fernando Pérez Arellano of Michelin-starred restaurant Zaranda tells us what’s important. […] Fernando Pérez Arellano from Zaranda
He was the first Mallorcan chef whose cuisine was awarded a Michelin star – maintained since 2004. His restaurant moved to Sa Coma from his native Sant Llorenç in 2009. Cuisine is Mallorcan/Mediterranean but he also likes to use ingredients from other parts of the world, adding his own personal creative stamp.
“Our daily mission is to make our clientele happy and satisfied.” One dish has been on his menu since 2001: “Cannelloni 2001 is a dish we’re proud of and people like its intense flavours.”
Gerhard says his cuisine is based on “fresh produce of the season, cooked in such a way that it is the protagonist of the dish.” Favourite ingredients include saffron and all types of fish: a speciality is his hake with shellfish sauce and purée of fennel and apple. He likes Mallorca’s “large variety of produce, and the island itself.”
Spending a day in Mallorca’s capital, Palma? You’ll need to find somewhere for lunch: check out the places we recommend for a ‘menú del día’. […] Good restaurants for lunch in Palma
In 2011 saw the 40th anniversary of Bens d’Avall, near Sóller, and the opening of a new bistro in Palma’s Club de Mar. Favorite ingredients are seasonal Mallorcan. “In spring we work with fantastic produce like peas and asparagus and, from the sea, mackerel.”
For Vicens, “Mallorcan lamb is the best in the world.” A notable dish at Bens d’Avall, near Sóller, is his carpaccio of Sóller prawns: “I learnt to eat them raw like the fishermen do; they’re sweet, so I decided to create this dish.”
Joan Marc Garcias
Formerly chef for eight years at 3/65 at Hotel Son Brull, Pollensa, 36-year-old Garcias progressed to his own restaurant last year – in the Inca square in which he was born. He works with local ingredients (including produce from the family garden) offering creative half-portion dishes – so that diners can comfortably enjoy a four-course experience of starter, fish and meat courses, and dessert.
Dishes change seasonally but one that would be “impossible to change” is his popular dessert, featuring chocolate, chocolate . . . and more chocolate.
Chef/owner Joan Marc Garcias Amer’s restaurant holds the Michelin Bib Gourmand for 2016 for “good-quality, good-value cooking”. […] Restaurant Joan Marc
The German chef – famed for Michelin-starred cuisine at Tristán since 1987 – gave up the star to replace Tristán Gourmet with the new waterside Tristán. The concept was classic Mediterranean cooking, without culinary ‘art’ or elaborate garnishes, and using high-quality seasonal ingredients. Tristán in Puerto Portals closed in late 2015.
Schwaiger opened a new restaurant on the outskirts of Palma. The rooftop location, modern decor and delicious cuisine at very affordable prices makes it a popular eatery with both locals and foreigners.
Gerhard Schwaiger, the renowned German chef previously awarded two Michelin stars, now has his own name over the door at this top-quality Palma restaurant. […] Lunch at Schwaiger Xino’s Restaurant in Palma
Well-known chef Gerhard Schwaiger, formerly of Portals Tristán fame and now with his own restaurant Schwaiger Xino’s, talks hard work and haute cuisine. […] Gerhard Schwaiger from Schwaiger Xino’s
Mallorcan Santi Taura has been cooking for 21 years and opened his first restaurant nine years ago. He now has a second nearby, serving exactly the same food: the original, a cosy, rustic Mallorcan cellar; the other contemporary. Food is “Mallorcan, local, but passed through my own filter”.
He says the star of his cuisine is the concept: a tasting menu. His favourite ingredients are sobrassada and the 100% Mallorcan olive oil – originating from his in-laws’ olive groves in Fornalutx – bearing his own name.
Santi Taura’s innovative modern Mallorcan cuisine makes his restaurant one of Mallorca’s must visits. Book your table well in advance! […] Restaurant Santi Taura Mallorca
Internationally renowned, Marc has two restaurants and a catering business and, in his former role, was the first British chef in Spain (in 2002) awarded a Michelin star for his cuisine. Three words describe his food: “Fresh, clean and direct – encapsulating Mediterranean cuisine.”
He’s inspired by the seasons themselves, and year-round ingredients like Sóller prawns: “Every time I taste one, I just can’t believe how great they are.” One of the “very personal” Simply Fosh signature dishes is preserved lemon cream with dukkah on a rosewater cherry sorbet.
Discover the creative Mediterranean Michelin-starred cuisine of British chef Marc Fosh at the Palma restaurant that bears his name. Booking recommended. […] Restaurant Marc Fosh Palma
Michelin chef Marc Fosh is the first to admit his success is partly to do with luck – but what are the other essentials to achieving star status? […] A conversation with Marc Fosh
Tomeu, a native of Esporles, worked for five years at Japanese restaurant Tahini in Puerto Portals and spent three “extraordinary and fantastic” weeks working in Japan itself. At Arume, he creates a unique and innovative fusion of Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine, incorporating favorite basic ingredients including ginger, algas – “I’m fanatical about them” – and fresh fish, such as bonito: “It’s very important that the fish is of a high quality”.
His signature dish is the starter of carpacccio de atún picante con ensalada de germinados y brotes de soja.
This is perhaps the best Japanese restaurant on Mallorca. The majority of diners are regulars with a love of Asian cuisine. […] Arume Restaurant & Sushi Bar Palma
Macarena de Castro
The only female chef on the island to have her cuisine recognized with a Michelin star (at Restaurante El Jardín in Puerto Alcudia) was unfortunately not on the island at the time of our photo-shoot.
Restaurant Jardín in Puerto Alcudia was awarded a Michelin star in 2012 and annually since then – a first for a female chef on the island. […] Maca de Castro, Puerto Alcúdia
Meet the first woman on Mallorca to gain a Michelin star. Macarena de Castro gives us an insight into the success of restaurant Jardín. […] Macarena de Castro from Jardín
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