The three sibling masterminds behind El Celler de Can Roca, the famed 3-Star Michelin restaurant in the Catalan city of Girona, have hit the road for a months-long culinary expedition. Sponsored by BBVA Compass and commencing in Houston, Texas, the playfully titled "Roca and Roll World Tour 2014" will have the brothers cooking and consulting with some of the best chefs in the U.S. Additionally, each stop on the tour will end with the brothers selecting a crop of young culinary students as apprentices.
Having grown up in their parents' restaurant, the Roca brothers - Joan, Josep, and Jordi - were groomed for the culinary world from an early age. It's understandable that their restaurant rose to such amazing heights. In 2009, El Celler de Can Roca recieved its third Michelin star, and in 2013, after consecutive years in the 2nd place spot, the Roca kitchen was also named Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant Magazine.
Their prize-winning Catalan and Mediterranean dishes serve as love songs to their heritage. A recent article by The New York Times quotes Joan: “We’re deeply connected, not just as a family but to this very special part of the earth. We’ve got around here a diversity of landscapes and ingredients that would be hard to get elsewhere.”
Interestingly, however, on their culinary world tour that begun just days ago in Houston, they leave their signature El Celler dishes behind and instead “...start from zero and use what we find [at each location on the tour], somehow imagine what El Celler de Can Roca would be like if we had been growing up and living in a place like Mexico City, instead.” At each stop on their tour the Rocas will work with local ingredients and critically acclaimed chefs in an attempt to honor the culture and traditions of the host city.
Jordi, youngest of the brothers and pastry chef extraordinaire, sat down with Latina's Food Content Director Amanda Cargill, just prior to the tour's kickoff to discuss its agenda and his many culinary influences.
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