Our cuisine here and now is the sum of many circumstances. This season, in particular, emerged from the seed of DNA The Search (2017 season), and is now the companion and the compass of origin, the path we have decided to tread. A cry of reaffirmation and belief in ourselves, in our produce and where we are. A land that is much more important than what we could ever create or have created. After all, this restaurant – my team and I – are just a occurrence in time. Dénia has given me everything needed to build the cook and the person that I am; my unwritten destiny in which I am glad I had no say. The profession seduced me before the produce did, and after that the town. But it is the people who have made me who I am.
Origin is also produce. It is something that has always been present in our work and which has been our ally. It is another compass that does not allow us to stray from here. I know this land because of its produce, a mental map that eventually led me to its villages, to its people. An intimate way of knowing my place, this place. Learning about everything together, learning that the produce responds depending on how you treat it. It responds affectionately if you treat it tenderly, it responds with quality if you treat it with understanding. This is why I believe in the innocence of the produce. And thanks to its innocence and its gastronomic generosity, I can build this story that is told creation by creation, dish by dish.
Our interest in evolution is what sparks our work every day. Working to create morsels that are, in some way, new and seductive. I believe in every kind of evolution: in the evolution of thought, of cooking, of the arts, of technology, of science. Creation is part of evolution. I enjoy and freely express what I feel, and this is a reflection of what I do and have done. It is time to show it.
And I also firmly believe in the origin of things. The legacy of history and how it has marked us and marks our evolution. We are, at once, both origin and evolution.
This season, I offer you a cuisine that is imbued with an elegant fantasy both carefully considered and planned. We use exceptional produce that represents our region, knowing that it gives our work authenticity. A cuisine that sometimes stems from the past, but above all from dreams, and whose evolutionary aim is, in the end, to move you.