The Michelin season keeps marching on, and today the 2014 Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal has been announced. The big news this year is that there is a new three-star restaurant: Diverxo in Madrid. Guide director Michael Ellis is quoted in the press release below saying "David Munoz is without a doubt a rising star in the world of gastronomy" and he adds that the cooking at Diverxo "is of exceptionel [sic] creativity, one where the senses are never at rest."
There are seven other three-stars including Arzak, Azurmendi, Akelare, Martin Berasategui, Quique Dacosta, Sant Pau, and El Celler de Can Roca (which is currently ranked the #1 restaurant in the world). Portugal still has no three-star restaurants. There are also two new two-star restaurants: El Portal and M.B.. There are 22 new one-star restaurants, including Albert Adrià's Barcelona cocktail bar 41° and his restaurant Tickets. This brings Spain and Portugal's grand totals to eight three-stars, 19 two-stars, and 144 one-stars, an increase from last year.
By way of comparison, Western Japan has 14 three-stars, Great Britain has four, New York City has seven, Germany has 11, and San Francisco has two. Check out the list of winners and the press release below:
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