Sixteen chefs from sixteen different countries all over the world – including Spanish chef and last year's national champion, Alberto Montes of Restaurante Atrio in Cáceres – traveled to Valladolid this week to participate in this new and prestigious tapas competition.
Representing Canada, Italy, England, Morocco, New Zealand, Mexico, Panama, the United States, Belgium, Japan, India, France, Spain, Norway, Peru and Ecuador, each chef had less than twenty-five minutes to prepare seven servings of their tapa, which were judged by a prestigious panel presided over by popular Spanish chef Alberto Chicote.
In the end, Oyvind Boe Dalelv of Statholdergaarden restaurant in Oslo emerged as the winner for his tapa "Bacalao de Noruega en Crujiente de Alcachofa de Jerusalén con algas" (Norwegian cod in crispy Jerusalem artichoke with seaweed), taking home the 6,000-euro prize and the title of 2017 Tapas World Champion, as well as the honor of being the very first recipient of this venerated award. Additionally, the chefs from Japan and Spain were named sub-champions, while special mentions went to the chefs from Peru, Morocco and Belgium.
Norwegian chef the first to hold new title