An authentic celebration of Catalan food and wine is launching in Manchester on 20th July on King Street, as the city gets set to welcome Tast Cuina Catalana (a ‘Taste from the Catalan Kitchen.’)
Tast Cuina Catalana is to bring worldwide interest to the growing links between Manchester and Catalonia, honing the talent of multi-Michelin star chef Paco Pérez.
Tast’s Executive Chef Paco is the renowned international patron-chef of two Michelin 2* restaurants – Miramar, in Llançà, (Girona) and Enoteca at the Arts Hotel in Barcelona, a city where he has six restaurants in all. He is also behind the Michelin 1* Restaurant Cinco at the Hotel Das Stue in Berlin.
Head chef at Tast will be Miquel Villacrosa, formerly head chef at Restaurant Cinco in Berlin after a year at Miramar. Miquel, 27, is a Catalan who grew up in Sant Hilari Sacalm, a small mountain town where he helped out in his parents’ restaurant:
“Sant Hilari Sacalm is a small town, lost in the mountains, with a lot of water, mushroom culture and gamey gastronomy – so you can imagine how shocked I was my first time in Miramar. I fell in love with Paco’s vision of cuisine and of how he was as a chef and as a person – he cared for me like no one before.
“I consider myself an ambitious person and a passionate learner, who never gives up, who tries to be a good leader and to do things a bit better every day, as Paco has taught me. When he asked me to be head chef in Manchester it was a challenge I just had to accept.”
Pep Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain, Ferran Soriano are among the investors in the restaurant, which will have 120-covers over three floors, with a casual dining and bar area on the ground floor, a first-floor dining room and a second floor with private rooms offering a tasting menu.
Despite Paco Pérez’s record, Tast Cuina Catalan is not pursuing awards, but will simply create a warm and friendly atmosphere for anyone wishing to experience the best of Catalan food and drink.
Catalonia is renowned worldwide for its fresh, high-quality seafood, meat, poultry, fruit and vegetables. The Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees are the perfect environment for unique produce, and its distinctive cuisine benefits from French and Spanish influences.
The region also produces some of the best old world wines with renowned D.O.’s (Denominació d’Origen) including Penedès, Montsant, Empordà, Tarragona and Costers del Segre and one D.O.C (Denominació d’Origen Controlada), Priorat.
Here’s a little taster of the delights from Paco Perez’s Miramar restaurant…
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As well as serving traditional Catalan starters and mains, the new Tast menu will offer ‘tastets’ – small portions and nibbles to savour and to share.
Paco Pérez says:
“We are delighted to bring the Catalan cuisine to Manchester and to be part of the amazing team behind Tast.”
Tast Cuina Catalana will be opening at 20-22 King Street Manchester, M2 6AG next Friday and booking will be taken from July 1st on 0161 806 0547 or firstname.lastname@example.org