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Mugaritz chef Andoni Luis Aduriz at Tondeluna, Logroño

Friday March 23rd, 2012 02:12 PM

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luís Aduriz, widely regarded as among the world;s best chefs, was the latest speaker to take part in the Somos Capital series of talks organised by Francis Paniego & Luisa Barrachina at Tondeluna.

The Mugaritz chef is an inspiring man, not only for his culinary creations – the carpaccio de watermelon was nothing short of sensational – but also his approach to life. Humble, grounded, enjoying life’s simple pleasures and devoted to experimentation.

I’ve put some more pictures in the following gallery.

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz y Francis Paniego. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Luisa Barrachina. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

La Rioja’s chefs at Delicatto restaurant, Logroño

Tuesday March 13th, 2012 11:13 AM

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

There’s a well used and rarely wrong saying in English that too many chefs spoil the cooking. So you might think that getting cooks from eight of La Rioja’s choicest restaurants to work in the same kitchen is a recipe for disaster, even if it is for a charity dinner.

I spent a decent chunk of Friday night in the kitchen of Delicatto Restaurant in Logroño waiting to see if sparks would fly. The chefs, from Chef Nino, La Vieja Bodega, El Rincón del Vino, La Galería, Marisol ArriagaEl Arriero, Café RiojaEl Portalón, prepared a series of tapas and dishes for over 160 diners. There was no shortage of action in the kitchen but, thankfully, all the energy was positive.

The evening, organised by the Riojan restaurant association Ricamesa, raised €6,000 for Caritas, which fights poverty and exclusion. I’ve put a gallery of photos from the evening here.

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Delicatto, Logroño

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

The opening of Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Sunday June 19th, 2011 02:39 PM

Francis Paniego restaurante, Logroño

When you go out for lunch in an English pub it’s not uncommon to find yourself seated at a large table which you share with complete strangers.

The English, being a polite people, tend to offer an initial greeting to whomever they are sitting next to and then ignore them stoically. Sometimes that is how it remains for the rest of the meal. However, other times, particularly after a pint or two, an innocuous few words such as “Would you be kind enough to pass the salt?” lead to conversation and before you know it you’re friends for life. Or at least until the end of the coffee.

Communal eating is not normal in La Rioja, but Ezcaray’s Michelin-starred chef, Francis Paniego, is trying it out at Tondeluna, a new venture in Logroño with his wife Luisa Barrachina and Echaurren chef David González. They effectively are bringing some of their most successful dishes from the famous Echaurren restaurants to the region capital.

Press and public interest has been immense in the opening few days with the restaurant packed out. And hopefully enough people will have enjoyed the communal experience that they’ll be tempted back again and again.

Francis Paniego restaurante, Logroño

Francis Paniego restaurante, Logroño

Francis Paniego restaurante, Logroño

Francis Paniego restaurante, Logroño

Francis Paniego restaurante, Logroño

Michelin star renewed for Portal del Echaurren, Ezcaray

Monday November 29th, 2010 05:32 PM

Francis Paniego

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.

Portal del Echaurren

Portal del Echaurren

Portal del Echaurren

Portal del Echaurren