New venue for Grand Gourmet Award Mallorca 2015

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This year’s Grand Gourmet Award had a new venue: the 5-star hotel Castell Son Claret, near Es Capdellà. Some 155 people attended (some of them flying to the island especially for the event) for an extraordinary gastronomic experience, created by eight superb chefs (seven from Michelin-starred restaurants).

The chefs:

Fernando P Arellano (Zaranda, Castell Son Claret)

Tomeu Caldentey (Es Molí d’en Bou)

Macarena de Castro (Rte Jardín)

Marc Fosh (Simply Fosh)

Andreu Genestra (Andreu Genestra)

Santi Taura (Santi Taura)

Santi Taura (left) and Andreu Genestra (right).

Santi Taura (left) and Andreu Genestra (right).

Rafael Sánchez (Es Fum)

Thomas Martin (guest chef from the 2-Michelin-starred Jacobs Restaurant in Hamburg).

New event format too

The previous format of a sit-down dinner, followed by the award ceremony, was replaced for 2015 with a more dynamic event. Having attended a previous event, I preferred this new more informal format. On arrival at lunchtime on Sunday, June 14th, we enjoyed the welcome reception, with drinks and delicious finger food created by Martin, Caldentey, and Fosh. Castell Son Claret’s general manager Björn Spaude welcomed everyone to the event, and Daniyella and Band provided background music enhancing the relaxed ambience.

Bjoern Spaude - general manager of Castell Son Claret.

Bjoern Spaude – general manager of Castell Son Claret.


A different wine with each course.

Daniyella and Band of Mallorca

Daniyella and Band in action at Castell Son Claret.


Guests gathering on the terrace for desserts.

Guests gathering on the terrace for desserts.




The food:

Baby squid ‘a la bruta’ – Santi Taura

Santi Taura's baby squid.

Santi Taura’s baby squid.

Shrimp from Cala Ratjada with almond stew, green peas and Mallorcan black pork – Andreu Genestra

Andreu's shrimp dish.

Andreu’s shrimp dish.

Tartar of red mullet – Macarena de Castro

Hake, yellow pepper and blood orange, rice and tonka beans – Rafael Sánchez

Rafael's hake dish.

Rafael’s hake dish.

Braised beef cheek, alliums, parsley, apricots with roasted hay, and bone marrow emulsion – Marc Fosh

Braised beef cheeks.

Braised beef cheeks.

Cannelloni 2001 – Tomeu Caldentey

The three little pigs – Fernando P Arellano

The three little pigs.

The three little pigs.

Guests – in groups of just over 20 people – then moved to a different location to eat each of the seven savoury dishes (each matched with a wine). Assisted by their own restaurant personnel, the chefs served their creations in locations including Olivera and Zaranda restaurants and kitchens, the Olivera lawn, and Sa Clastra – the beautiful courtyard at the heart of the hotel. Apart from the dishes eaten while standing in the gleaming contemporary kitchens, guests sat at long tables, enjoying the company of like-minded gourmets from different countries, before returning en masse to the Olivera terrace for some sweet treats.

The desserts:

Quark mousse with infusion of berries, lemongrass, basil ice cream – Thomas Martin

Fresh cheese sponge, tomato ‘Ramellet’ and passion fruit – Santi Taura

Avocado with yogurt and almond – Macarena de Castro

Balm of eucalyptus and citrus – Andreu Genestra

Charcoal (better than it sounds!) – Rafael Sánchez

Burrata Zaranda, goat’s cheese, strawberries and basil – Fernando P Arellano

The excellent music continued, and many of us took the chance to dance. The award ceremony this year was different, in that no ‘winner’ was announced: instead each chef received a framed certificate of participation, a bottle of wine, and enthusiastic applause.

Top Mallorcan chefs

The cream of Mallorca’s chefs – all winners. Macarena de Castro had had to leave before the presentation.

The formalities concluded, guests were able to take advantage of the Fever-Tree gin and tonic bar, and a Feurring BBQ – just in case they hadn’t already had enough to eat!  The barbie food looked good, but I couldn’t manage another morsel . . .

Congratulations to the whole team at Castell Son Claret, and all the chefs and their teams who took part. It was a Sunday afternoon we’ll remember for a long time.

©Jan Edwards 2015

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