El Celler de Can Roca celebrates its 25th birthday

This month the world’s second best restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca, celebrates its 25th birthday. No longer second fiddle to El Bulli, which closed its doors this July, El Celler de Can Roca is now hot on the heels of Copenhagen’s Noma in the San Pellegrino top 50 restaurant ratings. Never-the-less, brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, the creative minds behind El Celler de Can Roca, claim they are not obsessed with obtaining the pole position on the famous restaurant list, but do acknowledge that to do so would be ‘nice’.

Now El Bulli has closed its doors Roca acknowledges they have more responsibility than before. Interesting to note is that Spain dominates the top ten best restaurants in the world with three entries, including Mugaritz at number 3 and Arzak at number 8, both in the Basque Country, the other area do Spain best known for Gastronomy alongside Catalunya.

But for Roca the culinary motivation is neither to replace nor compare themselves to anyone else but to uphold their values of ‘tradition, roots, family and rigour’, and also ‘the pursuit of flavour and innovation’.
El Celler Can Roca gained its third Michelin Star in 2009, acknowledging over 20 years hard work from when the brothers set up in the building next to their parents restaurant in Girona. The current incarnation of the restaurant occupies a stylish modernist design from the studio of Catalan designer Isabel Lopez Vilalata.

The Roca brothers remain very much grounded and focused on their work, apparently with no plans to do anything special for their 25th birthday other than keep working and to ‘hope the success lasts!’.

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8 Responses to El Celler de Can Roca celebrates its 25th birthday

  1. Lenora from commercial hoods says:

    Happy Birthday El Celler de Can Roca and congratulations. Another milestone.

    I’ve been there once when I visited Spain and it was a great experience. The food and the service was great. They deserve to be number 1.

  2. Josep Ferrer says:

    Too late Karla! They have closed :(

  3. Rosel from Yachts says:

    That’s sad, any possibility that they will reopen again?

  4. Tari Ledsome says:

    That’s great! Their dishes must be extraordinary to have been ranked as the best today. And the owners are client-centered for sure. If that is the case, I’m pretty sure the business will remain strong in the future.

  5. Edu from Continuum South Beach says:

    It’s a perfect place to fill in those empty stomach. More power and keep serving good food.

  6. Edward from Miami Homes says:

    El Celler de Can Roca is possibly the least well-known restaurant to have ever held the much-vaunted number-two spot on the list, a quirk which, far from being a hindrance, has allowed the three brothers Roca to get on with what they do best.

  7. Lina from Acqualina Miami says:

    After the unfortunate closure of El Bulli, rated as the best restaurant in the world for several years, a new space in Girona, Spain, is attracting the attention of tenants guests, experts in food and the international press for its interesting culinary proposal. This is El Celler de Can Roca, considered the best restaurant in Spain, in the famous travel magazine CondeNast Traveler.

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