Michelin magic in Málaga

Michelin magic in Málaga.

It’s no secret that the province of Málaga, and in particular luxury Marbella, is home to some of the most outstanding gastronomy in Spain. So it’s unsurprising that the province continues to notch up Michelin stars, this year bagging two stars twice in the 2020 Michelin Guide Awards:Ronda’s Benito Gómez’s Bardal, and Marbella’s Marcos Granda’s Skina proudly received their two- star awards in late November 2019 at the prestigious launch of the 2020 Guide in Seville’s Lope de Vega Theatre.

But it wasn’t all good news: Kabuki Raw in Casares unexpectedly lost the star it was awarded in 2015. Meanwhile, other restaurants in Málaga province kept hold of their stars, namely: José Carlos García (the only one in Málaga city), El Lago (Marbella), Sollo (Fuengirola) and Messina (Marbella).

Very few restaurants were awarded two Michelin stars this year, so Bardal and Skina share the honour with only three others in Spain: El Poblet (Valencia); Angle (Barcelona); and Noor (Cordoba). Andalucía now boasts three restaurants with two stars, two of them being in Málaga.

Elsewhere in Andalucía, Mantúa (Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz), Dama Juana (Jaén) and Aponiente received their first stars. Meanwhile, Ángel León’s restaurant in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz) achieved three Michelin stars along with this year’s Sustainability Prize, making it the only Andalusian restaurant amongst only 11 Spanish three-star winners this year.

The 2020 Michelin Guide gave particular praise to Mario Cachinero at Skina in Marbella, recognising his incredible talents at creative cuisine using traditional Andalusian recipes.

Talking of exquisite talent, not to be forgotten is our famous Marbella chef Dani García who last year made history in Lisbon by becoming the very first chef from Málaga province to be awarded with three Michelin stars.