A man from Tarragona in the final of a prestigious gastronomic award

Le Cordon Bleu Madrid today announced the ten finalists for the 10th Promises of Haute Cuisine Award who will participate in the grand finale on April 26 at the Le Cordon Bleu Madrid headquarters, at the Francisco de Vitoria University. Among the 10 selected from 8 Spanish provinces and 10 centres, a Tarragona native will have to present a proposal with common ingredients and techniques before a professional jury that will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The man from Tarragona who will represent Catalonia in the Final is: Joan Gual García from the CIPFP Benicarló de Castellón and a native of Tarragona.

The rest of the national finalists are: Nicolás Galindo Oliver, from the EHT and Bryan Antonio Hernany Chávez, from the ESMENT Escola Professional de les Illes Balears; José María López Perea from the IES Almeraya in Almería; Jaime Porta Mirave, from the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, but a native of Huesca; Nicolás Aparicio Albert from the Aiala Hospitality School in Guipúzcoa; Irati Mendoza Medina of the EH Egibide-Mendizorrotza of Vitoria; Ariel Adonay Munguía Martínez from CIPFP San Lorenzo, from Huesca and Manuel Alonso Castillo, from IES Hotel Escuela in Madrid and Vicent Sanchís Cogollos, from IES Guillem D’Alcalá in Valencia.

To pass the last selection phase and reach the final, the candidates had to demonstrate their skills by making their version of Paupiette of salmon stuffed with prawns, fresh stamped pasta and beurre blanc. The proposals of the candidates were published on the official Facebook page of the School, where the public has been able to assess them and thus add the popular vote to the selection of the professional jury made up of Le Cordon Bleu Madrid chef-teachers.

The 10 finalists will face a demanding four-hour test in the kitchens of Le Cordon Bleu Madrid on April 26. There, they must prepare their proposal based on a series of common ingredients and techniques in front of a prestigious jury that, in previous editions, has been chaired by leading chefs inside and outside of Spain, such as Martín Berasategui, Quique Dacosta, Joan Roca, Andoni Luis Aduriz or Francis Paniego, president of the last edition.

The Autonomous Communities that will have representation in the final of the award are Madrid; Basque Country; Valencian Community; Balearic Islands; Andalusia and Aragon.

“One more year we feel very proud to be able to continue supporting and training the chefs of the future in our school. It is exciting to see the commitment and passion of the culinary talent in Spain” says Rosario Barrios, Director of the Le Cordon Bleu Madrid School.

Ten years training the future stars of Spanish haute cuisine

The Promises of Haute Cuisine Award is a national competition aimed at students under the age of 25 who are in their last year of cooking training at any center in Spain and who stand out for their passion and their vision of cooking as a way of life.

The contest offers them the opportunity to continue training in one of the most prestigious schools in the world through two scholarships for the first and second classified of 23,000 and 8,500 euros, respectively, and thus enhance their culinary skills. For the schools, the organization will reward the efforts of the centers with a financial aid of €1,500 that will be given to the first classified center.

In addition, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Prize, Le Cordon Bleu Madrid has wanted to make a significant effort and will also reward each of the eight finalists who are not winners with financial aid for the study valued at €2,000.

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