In its eleventh edition, the Regional Restaurant Awards “Qué Bueno Canarias” have awarded Etéreo by Pedro Nel (Tenerife) as the best restaurant in the islands in 2022, and Carmelo Florido, from El Equilibrista 33 (Gran Canaria), as the best chef.
The gala of the Regional Restaurant Awards “Qué Bueno Canarias” and the second edition of the “¡Qué Bueno! Gran Canaria Me Gusta” Award have decorated in Infecar chefs, sommeliers, chefs and critics in an award that distinguishes the gastronomic and catering excellence of the Canary Islands.
In addition to Etéreo by Pedro Nel, and Carmelo Florido of El Equilibrista 33, in Gran Canaria the prizes for Best Grill, for Casa Brito; Best Spanish Cuisine, for the Gambrinus restaurant in Las Palmas; and Best Canarian Reflection Cuisine, for Tabaiba.
As far as the island of Tenerife is concerned, the prizes for Best Hotel Restaurant went to San Hô, at the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Hotel; Best Foreign Cuisine, to the Kensei restaurant; and Best Room Service, to Los Limoneros.
Meanwhile, the award for Best Restaurant Project went to Long Beach (Lanzarote); Best Tapas Bar/Gastrobar, to Casa Marcos (Fuerteventura); and the award for Best New Chef of the Canary Islands went to Mariana Hernández Medina, of the restaurant La Gatera (La Palma).
La Trastienda de Chago (Gáldar) has won the second edition of the ¡Qué Bueno! Gran Canaria Me Gusta for excellence in commitment to local produce, which, as the president of the Gran Canaria Island Council, Antonio Morales, explained in a press release, “highlights those restaurants that, beyond their style of cuisine, have the island’s produce as the main base of their proposal”.
Special recognition was also given to the Muxgo restaurant (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).
The twelve finalists for this distinction for their links with local produce were Amigo Camilo; Camino al Jamonal; Majuga and Sorondongo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria); El Centro Guayadeque (Agüimes); El Sitio Ibérico (Santa Lucía de Tirajana); Grill La Pasadilla (Ingenio); La Catedral Bistró (Arucas); LíagoraCanaria (San Bartolomé de Tirajana); Los Guayres (Mogán); Perico Junior (Telde) and El Escondite (Valsequillo).
In addition, the twelve restaurants that received recognition in last year’s edition have renewed their recognition, such as La Trastienda de Chago (Gáldar), La Tunera (Telde), Casa Romántica (Agaete), Nelson (Agüimes), Casa Enrique (Mogán), Biocrepería Risco Caído (Artenara) and El Padrino, Muxgo, El Equilibrista33, Cuernocabra, Tabaiba and El Bento Japonés (in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).
The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, explained that the Corporation “remains firm in its commitment to promote establishments that add value to the island’s gastronomy”, integrating local produce into their menus, boosting consumption and contributing to the revitalisation of the island’s economy.
“Whether they are Repsol Suns, Michelin Stars or Bib Gourmand,” he said, “there are more and more establishments on our island that have received some of the most prestigious gastronomic awards and recognitions in Spain, and there is increasing interest in the island’s cuisine and wines.