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									  44          FoodforThoughT                                                                                 EDITION 643 :: 20/05/2011 - 02/06/2011 :: ISLAND CONNECTIONS

 TradITIons                         José Ramón Andrés Puerta                                                                               and transpor t, that need is

                                    Cooking’s oscar
                                                                                                                                           still greater. With the crisis,      Food Ideas ::

                                                                                                                                           some land has gone back into
                                                                                                                                           cultivation. The easy pickings

                                                                                                                                           in construction and the service

                                    won by spaniard
                                                                                                                                           industry are no longer available
                                                                                                                                           and whilst the work is back
santa maría de guía has just                                                                                                               breaking, it is better than having
announced the winners of                                                                                                                   to beg to feed your family once
the XIII tasting of their justly                                                                                                           the state aid packs in.
famed Queso de Flor.

T    he tastings and awards took
     place within the framework
                                    The Spanish chef, known simply as
                                                                                     José Andrés, chef, author, TV personality and now
                                                                                                                   best chef of the year   O    ne of the main problems
                                                                                                                                                is, and will always be, the
                                                                                                                                           geography of the islands. The
                                                                                                                                                                                Mill resT
                                                                                                                                                                                Wooden parking place
of the Fiesta del Queso at Mon-
                                    José Andrés in America has walked off                                                                                                       for the seasoning.
                                    with the best chef of the year award                                                                   steep sided hills make the use
taña Alta and over a thousand                                                                                                              of machinery practically impos-
people were present on the day.     from the James Beard foundation.
                                                                                                                                           sible, so the work is very labour
Queso de Flor is a spreadable          The prize could be said to be the                                                                   intensive which makes the
cheese which uses the stamens       equivalent of the oscar of gastronomy,                                                                 production uneconomical.
of a thistle instead of rennet to   but it is by no means the first award to
semi set it.                        have been given to this young and talented
                                                                                                                                           I f the authorities are serious
                                                                                                                                             about wanting to increase

P    rizes for traditional cheese   entrepreneur.      he beat gray Danko,
                                                                                                                                           levels of auto-supply, then they
     making were awarded to the     Suzanne goin, Paul Kahan and Charles                                                                   will have to rethink and rework
Quesería Cortijo of Las Hoyas       Phan in the final phase of the competition                                                             their system of grants and quite
(Fontanales- Moya), Luciano         in New York.                                                                                           possibly consider importation
Ramos González, the Quesería           he entered catering college at 15 years of                                                          taxes on goods from outside,         iT’s a scoop
Cortijo de Las Rosas (Gáldar),      age and served for a while in the famous El                                                            including the Spanish penin-         Drainer and scoop
the Quesería Montaña Alta,          Bulli restaurant under Ferrán Adriá. he and                                                            sula.                                combined.
the Quesería Cortijo of Caid-       his partners currently have six restaurants                                                                                       
eros, Cristóbal Moreno Díaz,        in the united States and are opening two
the Quesería Altos de Moya,         more. In 2010, he worked with Adriá to                                                                 r esTau ranT m ar Ia
Félix Medina Perdomo, the           offer a course on physics in cookery at
Quesería Lomo Gordo, Teresa         harvard. his work in restaurants over there
González Jiménez, the Quesería      has undoubtedly contributed to
Lomo del Palo (Gáldar), Coralia
                                    bringing the popularity of tapas to the fore.
González Quintana, Félix C.
                                                                                            Food interchange

                                    China and spain
Medina Perdomo, the Quesería
Roque Grande (Valsequillo),
the Quesería Buen Pastor and                                                                                                                                                    finesT slicer
last but not least, the Quesería                                                                                                                                                Thin edge of the wedge.

                                    sign agreement
Los Corralillos of Cruce de

 FarmI ng                                                                                                                                  bib and
Food                                The Spanish Royal Academy of Gas-               Chinese cookery available abroad is similar            tucker
production                          tronomy and the recently formed
                                    Chinese equivalent, have just signed
                                    an agreement to promote culinary
                                                                                    to comparing Tex Mex food to real Mexican
                                                                                    cooking – cheap and poor quality, so one of
                                                                                    the objectives of the agreement will be to
                                                                                                                                           residents and visitors to
                                                                                                                                           golf del sur have something
                                                                                                                                           to look forward to.
The abandonment of the                                                                                                                                                          wasp pipe
                                    tourism in both countries.                      promote the creativity, the quality of prime
farming terraces is obvious
wherever you drive in the
islands. What were once                The President of the Spanish Academy,
                                                                                    materials and the development of vanguard
                                                                                    cookery but Chinese style, such as that led at
                                                                                                                                           O    n May 27th a new res-
                                                                                                                                                taurant and lounge bar
                                                                                                                                           will open their doors to all.
                                                                                                                                                                                Take the sting out of
fertile, producing farming          Rafael Ansón, commented, “Spain today has       the moment by the Spaniard Ferran Adriá.               Restaurant Maria is situated in
acres are now weed                  all the influence in the world of gastronomy       under the agreement, Spain, which has               the Nautico Suites Building in
overgrown and the Canaries          and we are going to help the Chinese with       tipped France off the top gastronomic spot             Calle San Miguel in Golf Del Sur.
now only produces 10 per            our know-how”. China has a thousand             these last few years as the culinary Mecca,            On Friday May 27th, the doors
cent of what it consumes.                                                           will promote their best products in China,
                                    year old tradition of two kinds of cooking,                                                            will open at 7.30pm and first

T   he United Nations rec-          popular and regional, which tends to be very    starting with olive oil. “We don’t want them           time customers are promised
    ommends that continental        simple and is based on rice and vegetables,     to copy the Spanish cuisine, but that each             live music, champagne and
regions should be supplying         and imperial which these days isn’t used        country develops its own creativity and that           snacks, as well as a chance to
at least 30 per cent of their                                                       if they have real artists in the kitchen, that         check out the décor and peruse
consumption and in the Islands,
                                    because of the diversity of the ingredients
                                                                                    they will become media stars just as so many           the excellent menu.
                                                                                                                                                                                Two for one
                                    needed or the complexity of its preparation.                                                                                                Dual oven tray.
with the problems of distance       Ansón claims that the popular version of        Spaniards are,” said Ansón.                            See you there.

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