Mallorca has plenty of traditional restaurants where a woman is at the helm in the kitchen. They’re often referred to as cooks, rather than chefs. But there are some women in restaurant kitchens on this island who are most definitely chefs. And two have just been selected by the travel guide Guía Repsol for inclusion in their list of the top ten women chefs in Spain.
Macarena de Castro (Jardín, Puerto Alcúdia) and María Solivellas (Ca Na Toneta, Caimari) represent Mallorca on the list. Macarena – who became the chef in her family’s restaurant at the age of 23 – has already been recognised with a Michelin star for her culinary talents.
María Solivellas and her sister Teresa run Ca Na Toneta – located in a village famous for olives and olive oil (and the annual olive oil fair Fira de s’Oliva, on November 21st and 22nd this year). We have a table booked to dine with friends there before the end of this month and I am looking forward to writing about it afterwards on this blog.
Up there among the best
The Repsol Guide list of top ten women in kitchens in Spain also included Spanish TV’s ‘Top Chef’ winner Begoña Rodrigo (La Salita, Valencia), and Elena Arzak (Arzak, San Sebastían) – named ‘World’s Best Female Chef’ in 2012 by British magazine ‘Restaurant’.
There are, of course, other very good female chefs working in restaurants on Mallorca. The following – in whose restaurants I have enjoyed eating – deserve a mention here:
Cati Pieras – DaiCa, Llubí
Svenja Gallé- Restaurant Bellaverde, Puerto Pollensa
Irene Gutiérrez – Sumaq, Palma
Marga Coll – Miceli, Selva
Marta Rosselló – Sal de Cocó, Colònia de Sant Jordi
Woman-power is fuelling some memorable cuisine on Mallorca!