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News | Feb 04 2020

5 Spaniards Take Home International Academy of Gastronomy Awards

From José Andrés and Paco Torreblanca to Begoña Rodrigo, Spaniards took home prestigious awards in multiple categories.

Pastry Chef Paco Torreblanca

The International Academy of Gastronomy has announced the winners of the 2020 edition of its annual awards. The goal is to recognize standout people and institutions in the world of food and gastronomy, and this year Spanish chefs received several distinctions.

For starters, José Andrés took home the Grand Prix de la Cultura Gastrónomica in recognition of his dedication to raising the profile of Spanish food and to humanitarian efforts via his NGO, World Central Kitchen. Another Spaniard to take top honors was Gregorio Varela Moreiras, the President of the Spanish Nutrition Foundation. He was honored with the Grand Prix de la Ciencia de la Alimentación in view of his incredible professional track record.

Others from Spain to receive accolades included Raúl Miguel Revilla, from Zalacaín restaurant, who took home the Sommelier Award; top pastry chef Paco Torreblanca received the Pastry Making Award; and Begoña Rodrigo, from La Salita restaurant, was distinguished with the prestigious Chef of the Future award. Previous recipients of the latter include Albert Adrià, Elena Arzak and Angel León.

Another winner was the book Los Cocineros del Vino, which received the Gastronomic Literature Award. The text, which was published by Planeta Gastro, features prologues by Josep Roca and Rafael Ansón. Lastly, ¡HOLA! was recognized with the International Multimedia Award for its support of the gastronomy industry.

Chef Begoña Rodrigo.

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