Next year is shaping up to be an ‘exceptional’ year for gastronomy in Spain and Portugal according to the Michelin Guide.
The famed red book will announce its stars for the Iberian Peninsula 2020 on November 20th at a gala event at the Lope de Vega Theatre and the Casino de la Exposición, two buildings that were built for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929.
“110 years after the first Michelin Spain and Portugal Guide, we are very pleased with the gastronomic panorama” of the Iberian Peninsula, the company said.
“Our inspectors, who are truly passionate about their work, on their numerous visits to the geography of both countries, allow us to discover culinary corners and unique experiences,” Michelin said.
The rise in stars across Spain and Portugal in 2020 can in part be explained by the hotel industries in the two countries realising the importance of fine dining when it comes to attracting visitors and a solid understanding of the food tourism trend.
“Young chefs, with excellent training and experience, start their projects with a lot of talent and professionalism, and, together with their teams, try to create a perfect overall experience,” Michelin said.
Spain, currently has 11 restaurants three-star restaurants, 25 with two stars and 170 one-star establishments.
Portugal, which could be the bigger winner in this year’s guide, at the moment has six restaurants with two stars (Alma, Belcanto, The Yeatman, Vila Joya, Ocean and Il Gallo d’Oro) and twenty with one star, three of which were won in the 2019 edition (A Cozinha, Midori and G Pousada).