DESTINATION AT SOURCE: THE VALUE OF THE INSPIRATIONAL CHEF PROGRAMME
The value of the Inspirational Chef Programme transcends the hotel sector to spread the word about the island. It has thus become an important factor in promoting local culture. By using the resident artist format from the art world, in which creators travel outside of their normal setting for inspiration, we generate a programme intimately linked with cuisine.
Since 2018, we have brought leading national and international figures in the world of haute cuisine into contact with Canarian produce, with the true star being the excellent raw materials offered by the island and small local producers.
For multiple days, the hotel becomes a creative laboratory where the chefs immerse themselves in our landscapes, meet our producers and develop unique culinary experiences with the resident chefs at our resort.
These days of exploration and camaraderie conclude with the elaboration of various dinners.
Finally, each chef is invited to discover local produce and use them in their recipes.
In the Tenerife 2022 Edition of the Inspirational Chef Programme, we were honoured to welcome Italian chef Massimo Bottura to our Il Bocconcino Progressive Italian Restaurant, who deployed all his know-how in two four-hands dinners with chef Niki Pavanelli, also Italian, whose protagonists were Italian cuisine and local and proximity products, both hallmarks of Il Bocconcino restaurant.
As part of the experience, during his stay Bottura had the opportunity to learn about the local gastronomy of Tenerife by visiting local producers...
Bottura is renowned as one of the best culinary figures in the world, and his restaurant Osteria Francescana has earned 3 Michelin stars since 2012, not to mention first place in the list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 and 2018.
One of the most important gastronomic events on the islands. On this occasion we had the unique opportunity to enjoy a literally unrepeatable dinner at a "Four Brothers" Inspirational Chef Programme.
We were visited by the Catalan chefs Sergio and Javier Torres, identical twins better known as the "Torres Brothers". Their restaurant in Barcelona, Cocina Hermanos Torres, has two stars in the Michelin Guide and three suns in the Repsol Guide. Together with the Padrón Brothers of El Rincón de Juan Carlos, the Torres Brothers created a menu based on their knowledge of the best local products and producers, gained through this inspirational gastronomic programme, which has now celebrated its seventh edition at the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort.
Between the two restaurants, they have a total of 3 Michelin stars and 5 Repsol suns.
The 6th edition of the Inspirational Chef Programme was led by Slovenian chef Ana Rôs. Chef and owner of Hiša Franko restaurant (Kobarid, Slovenia), with two Michelin stars and number 38 on the list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” in 2019, who was awarded the Best Chef in the World in 2017 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Ana Rôs, a leading ambassador of Central European cuisine, unveiled the flavours of the Slovenian mountains to us, while perfectly understanding our 'Inspirational' concept. The Slovenian chef visited different producers and landscapes in Tenerife thanks to the support and collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of the Canary Islands through Rural Environment Management (GMR) and Tourism of the Canary Islands.
In March 2020, the 5th edition of the Inspirational Chef Programme took place and featured a leading figure in the world of Spanish signature cuisine, Diego Guerrero, chef and owner of the DSTAgE Concept restaurant in Madrid, with two Michelin stars and three Repsol Suns. Diego Guerrero and his team immersed themselves in all the programme’s activities, which culminated in two magical dinners alongside the Padrón Brothers in Maresía.
In November 2019, the 4th edition welcomed Sebastián Frank, an Austrian chef and reference for new German cuisine. With 2 Michelin stars, he is the chef and owner of the Horváth restaurant in Berlin.
In the 3rd edition, celebrated in September 2019, we welcomed John Gregory Smith, one of the most prominent figures in British cuisine and the author of various books specialising in the gastronomy of the Middle East and North Africa.
In March 2019, we celebrated the 2nd edition with Tim Boury, a Belgian chef with two Michelin stars for the Boury Restaurant (Roeselare, Belgium). He had the opportunity to show new haute cuisine options based on local cuisine.
At the 1st edition in August 2018, we were graced by Peruvian Chef Jorge Muñoz (currently chef at Astrid&Gastón), who led Albert Adriá’s Pakta restaurant, the only Nikkei restaurant in Spain with a Michelin star.