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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants names Barcelona restaurant, run by three former elBulli chefs, as this year’s Miele One to Watch

The countdown to the announcement of the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants continues with the news that Disfrutar in Barcelona has been named the Miele One to Watch by the list.

The three chefs behind Disfrutar, Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch, met while working at elBulli, which five times topped the list before Ferran Adria closed it in 2011.

After the closure the three opened their first restaurant Compartir in the town of Cadaqués. In 2014 they followed up the success with the opening of Disfrutar, meaning “to enjoy” in Spanish. They won their first Michelin star two years later.

“Being named this year’s winner of the Miele One to Watch Award is a huge recognition of our collective work,” said Chef Xatruch. “This award helps Disfrutar, which is a very young project, to become established and encourages us to continue working and challenging ourselves.”

Signature dishes in the restaurant include macaroni made from gelatin, tossed in truffle foam and covered in parmesan cheese at the table.

“Disfrutar showcases the individual talents of these three chefs and broadens their influence on Spain’s culinary scene,” said William Drew, group editor of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “Their commitment to pushing the creative boundaries of gastronomy makes them worthy winners.”

The global rising star award is given to restaurants that are considered emerging talent but are yet to enter the list of the World’s 50 Best. Previous winners are Den in Tokyo, Sepia in Sydney, Saison in San Francisco and the Tasting Kitchen in Cape Town.

“Just as innovation is at the heart of Miele’s ‘forever better’ credo, this award recognises these three chefs for their ability to give focus to the extraordinary in culinary creativity,” said Sjaak Brouwer, managing director, Miele Australia and New Zealand.

Casañas, Castro and Xatruch will collect the award at the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in Melbourne on 5 April.

Tina Nielsen

Photo: AdriÖ Goula