The coming weeks offer plenty of gastronomic events and news that may be of interest if you’re on the island of Mallorca.
Protur Chef 2018
The weekend of 15th-18th March is Protur Chef 2018 – the second edition of the cookery competition for students of national cooking schools. It’s again taking place at the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa in Mallorca’s east-coast resort of Sa Coma.
Eighteen future ‘top chefs’ from all over Spain will be competing under the scrutiny of the judges (who include chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants and food critics) and an audience. The young chefs’ brief is to create their own recipe based on Mallorcan shoulder of lamb.
As well as watching the contestants in action on the stage kitchen, foodie spectators can enjoy other gastro-related activities – including tastings, food trucks, exhibitions, and some workshops. (Although it’s free to attend this event, there is a small charge to take part in the workshops).
Junior kitchen wizards (aged 8-12) also have their own section of this competition: Protur Chef Kids.
More information on http://www.proturchef.com
Opening for the 2018 season
Many of the seasonal restaurants are due to open their doors again in the next few weeks. Here are a few favourite places opening very soon:
Andreu Genestra’s Senzill Bistro re-opens near Capdepera on Saturday, March 17th.
Ponderosa Beach on Playa de Muro will be back in action on Tuesday, March 20th.
Sadrassana – which featured in an episode of The Night Manager – re-opens in Palma on Thursday, March 22nd.
The Michelin-starred Andreu Genestra (located within the same hotel as Senzill) will be wowing its diners again from Friday, March 23rd.
Restaurante Melassa at Hotel Melbeach & Spa in Canyamel opens for the season on Friday, March 23rd. Looking forward to returning for the delicious cuisine of chef David Moreno and his small brigade…
Belmond La Residencia – the iconic 5-star hotel in Deía – re-opens on March 22nd. British fashion and interiors designer Matthew Williamson (who has a home in the Mallorcan mountain village) has designed the interior of the hotel’s new suite, number 67. You don’t have to be staying in the hotel (although I can recommend doing so!) to eat in the restaurants El Olivo or Cafe Miró.
11th Street Food Festival – Port Adriano
Love street food? Eating al fresco? Food trucks? And being close to the Mediterranean? Don’t miss this popular event in Mallorca’s glamorous setting of superyacht marina Port Adriano – March 30th-April 1st.
Fira Nàutica i de la Sípia – Alcúdia
This traditional Mallorcan fair combines nautical matters with gastronomy and is from April 13th-15th.
Fira de la Sal i les Espècies – Colònia de Sant Jordi
Close to Mallorca’s Ses Salines salt pans, this year’s Salt and Spices Fair is on April 21st and 22nd.
Pollensa Wine Fair
This year’s edition of the popular wine fair known as the Fira del Vi is again in the cloisters in Pollença over the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. It’s an opportunity to taste wines from around 40 bodegas across Mallorca.
NOTE: The dates for the Pollensa Wine Fair for 2019 have been confirmed as May 11th and 12th.
A Soirée with the Stars
This should be amazing: three chefs with Michelin-starred restaurants on Mallorca will create a gourmet dinner in the lovely setting of Finca Son Mir on Saturday, April 21st. Marc Fosh and Adrian Quetglas (whose eponymous restaurants in Palma each have one Michelin star) and Fernando P Arellano, of the two-Michelin-starred Zaranda (Castell Son Claret hotel), are sure to cook up a memorable dinner as part of this charity event.
The event will also include red-carpet cocktail reception; live music, and other entertainment; drinks throughout dinner; dancing under the stars with a singer and DJ, and raffle and auction with some tempting prizes. All proceeds will go to the JoyRon Foundation, which supports children in need in the Balearics.
Sponsors for what is sure to be the fundraising event of the spring include Joanna Walton Flowers (highly recommended) and craft beer makers Cerveza NAU.
Looking ahead here, but you’ll have to be quick to book one of these amazing events, organized by Balearic gastronomy promoters Chefs(in), as the limited number of places (around a dozen) fill very quickly.
You’ll sit down to a lunch or dinner – but not in a restaurant – prepared by a top chef from the Balearics. The venue is a secret until the day of the event and is usually an emblematic building on Mallorca. The next Hidden Kitchen dinner with places still available is on July 21st, where Manacor restaurant Ca’n March’s chef Miquel Gelabert will create a dinner to be served with matched wines.
Book early if you’d like to go. The event for May 27th – with chef Marga Coll – is already sold out!
©Jan Edwards 2018