Over the last nine years, Madrid, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Bilbao, Marbella, Santiago, Gerona and Tenerife have all had the honour of hosting the prestigious 2019 Michelin Guide Spain And Portugal gala. This year, for the first time in history, that gala will be held in Lisbon, in recognition of the amazing gastronomic and tourist development Portugal has seen out in recent years.
The great culinary festival will take place on November 21 at the Carlos Lopes pavilion, and will be coordinated by two Michelin-starred chef, José Avillez. During the official presentation of the event at the Lisbon City Council, Avillez noted that “Lisbon has gained a huge dynamic to become a destination for gastronomic tourism”, and concluded: “After savouring our food and getting to know our people, visitors always want to come back.”
“Lisbon is unique for its location, history and, above all, quality of life,” the Michelin Guide team explained in a press release. “Its incredible wealth and variety is also reflected in its cuisine. Portuguese cuisine, characterised by tradition and enriched by fusion, alternates flavours from the sea and the land. Their restaurants have been able to take advantage of excellent local products and perpetuating traditional recipes, which chefs have reinvented with true creative ingenuity.”
During the 2019 Michelin Guide gala, attendees will taste creations from the seven Michelin-starred restaurants in the Lisbon region: Belcanto, Fortaleza do Guincho, Alma, Eleven, Feitoria, Loco and Lab by Sergi Arola.
With more than four and a half million tourists each year, Lisbon is committed to gastronomy to boost its tourism. “The fact that Lisbon is the venue for the 2019 Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal Gala is great news for Lisbon and for Portugal, as it endorses the effort being made to enhance the value of gastronomy and its commitment to local products as the basis of that cuisine; and it will highlight our chefs’ work—those amazing ambassadors of the success of our national gastronomy—but also the work and effort of our producers, farmers and fishermen,” notes the Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral.