Congrats to Francis Paniego, the head chef of the Portal del Echaurren restaurant, who has once again been awarded with a Michelin Star, one of the highest accolades in global gastronomy.
The Michelin Guide describes El Portal as:
“A regional leader in gastronomy, this restaurant serves creative cuisine that always uses seasonal produce.”
In 2004, Francis became the first chef in La Rioja to gain a Michelin star. His cooking draws people from across Spain and further afield to Ezcaray to discover the charms of the area. I’ve recently photographed some of Francis’s latest creations and, yes, they taste as good as they look.
This year, for the first time, Francis is joined in the guide by a second Riojano chef, Ignacio Echapresto, who runs the kitchen of Venta Montcalvillo, in Daroca de Rioja, a hamlet of 24 inhabitants near Logroño.