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Michelin Announces 2018 Stars for Spain and Portugal

There are two new three-star restaurants

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A dish from Aponiente in Spain.
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And so Michelin season continues: The tire-and-restaurant-guide company has announced which restaurants in Spain and Portugal have earned stars in its 2018 guide. According to Gastroactitud, there are two new three-star restaurants: Abac in Barcelona, helmed by chef Jordi Cruz, and Aponiente in Puerto de Santa María, where chef Angel León leads the kitchen. Per Bon Viveur, that brings the region’s total three-star count to 11.

There are five new two-star restaurants, including Barcelona essential Disfrutar and Coque in Madrid. Enigma — the majorly buzzy new restaurant from empire-builder Albert Adrià — debuted in the guide at one star. Portugal has two new one-star restaurants: Gusto, chef Heinz Beck’s restaurant in Algarve and Vista, chef João Oliveira’s restaurant, also in Algarve.

Arzak, the Basque restaurant chef Elena Arzak runs with her father continues to be a rare exception as it maintains its three-star status this year: Elena Arzak is one of only a handful of women currently commanding three-Michelin-starred kitchen.

See below for the press release and full list of Michelin stars:

Estrellas Michelin 2018: Aponiente y Abac nuevos tres estrellas [Gastroactitud]
Listado de restaurantes con Estrellas Michelin en 2018 España y Portugal [Bon Viveur]