During this morning’s session on the last day at Reale Seguros Madrid Fusión, one of the most important prizes on the Spanish gastronomic panorama was awarded, that for Revelation Chef, sponsored by Balfegó. The winner was Fernando Alcalá, from Kava restaurant (Marbella), who was named Revelation Chef 2019, an award that acknowledges the work and promise of young chefs aged under 30.
The other finalists were Joaquín Serrano (Efímero, Madrid); Clara Puig de la Bellacasa and Borja Susilla (Tula, Jávea); Rafel Muria (Els Quatre Molins, Cornudella de Montsant, Tarragona); Jorge Moreno (Voraz, Alicante); Rebeca Barainca and Jorge Asenjo (Galerna, San Sebastián), and María Gómez (Magoga, Cartagena).
María Gómez won the second prize, and Clara Puig de la Bellacasa and Borja Susilla, the third.
This year, for the first time, instead of the usual six, there were seven candidates, or pairs of candidates. “At the start there were eight, but Michelin acknowledged the work of one of them so he dropped out”, said José Carlos Capel, President of Reale Seguros Madrid Fusión. “This indicates the level of young chefs in Spain and the promising future ahead.”
It was Capel who announced the name of the winner, after a secret vote by over 80 members of a jury made up of food writers and gourmets from all over Spain. Alcalá thus joined the ranks of previous winners of the award among whom are names such as Carmelo Bosque, Íñigo Lavado, David Yarnoz, Ricard Camarena, Vicente Patiño, David Muñoz, Rodrigo de la Calle, Óscar Calleja, Iago Castrillón and many other chefs who are currently in the forefront of Spanish cuisine.
Fernando Alcalá (Kava, Marbella)
Fernando Alcalá is a young lawyer aged 27 who left the law behind him to take up cooking. He gave up a brilliant legal career and the office in which he worked in Zurich to set up his own small restaurant in Marbella, where he was born, with just a few tables. He is a self-taught chef who has travelled and read widely and has studied in depth the essence of many different cuisines. He has the culture of a great lover of wines and food. His menu of 10 dishes, which changes every morning, is based on local ingredients. The skill and creativity he applies to his products spark enthusiasm and enable him to reinvent himself every day.
Previous Revelation Chefs at Reale Seguros Madrid Fusión
- Carmelo Bosque (Taberna Lillas Pastia*, Huesca)
- David Yárnoz (El Molino de Urdániz**, Urdániz, Navarra)
- Iñigo Lavado (Singular Iñigo Lavado, Irún, Gipuzkoa)
- Ricard Camarena (Ricard Camarena**, Valencia)
- Vicente Patiño (Saiti, Valencia)
- David Muñoz (DiverXo***, Madrid)
- Rodrigo de la Calle (El Invernadero*, Madrid)
- Jaime Tejedor
- Oscar Calleja (Annua**, San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria)
- Jesús Segura (Trivio*, Cuenca)
- Iago Castrillón (Finca privada)
- Daniel Ochoa and Luis Moreno (Montia*, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid)
- Diego Gallegos (Sollo*, Fuengirola, Málaga)
- Javi Estévez (La Tasquería*, Madrid)
- Jesús Moral (Taberna de Miguel, Bailén, Jaén)
- Nanín Pérez (Murri, Alicante)
- Fernando Alcalá (Kava, Marbella)