The people who make a difference in the Canary Islands
Chef, Juan Carlos Padrón of Santiago del Teide, with his brother Jonathan as sous chef,has just scooped the second prize in the prestigious Chef of the Year national competition.
- The brothers own and run a small family restaurant in Los Gigantes. Juan Carlos worked first with his father and then did on the job training in top restaurants in Toledo, Madrid and Carcassonne as well as attending numerous courses including one in the world famous El Bulli restaurant.
He won his place in the final in June of 2011, but with all the heats taking place all over the country the nail-biting final wasn’t until the end of last month. Amongst the tempting dishes on his winning menu were stuffed mackerel cannelloni with a sauce made from home-smoked mackerel skins and sea bass with Iberian ham mayonnaise.
We met with them just days after their return from the final in Barcelona still bubbling with excitement at their achievement, but Juan Carlos told us regretfully that they wouldn’t be competing any more as they’d had to close for a week to be able to do so. “I think we’ve achieved something important in being runners up in the national competition, it’s very important for us,” but now it’s time to rest a little and dedicate some more time to the business. The competition is preside over by world famous chef Martín Berasategui, but Juan Carlos has no doubt who his culinary hero is, “my father, he’s the one who showed me everything”.
Their restaurant is in Pasaje de Jacaranda, off the one-way circuit in Los Gigantes and specialises in everything from the simplest of dishes to the most avant garde, using the best they can find of fresh, mainly local produce and ecological vegetables. 922 868 040.