BBVA Compass culinary tour partner El Celler de Can Roca, owned by the famed Roca brothers, has claimed the top spot in Restaurant magazine's World's 50 Best Restaurants List.
It's the second time the Girona, Spain-based restaurant has landed at No. 1 on the prestigious list. The Roca brothers trio, all of whom are BBVA brand ambassadors, accepted the award at an awards gala Monday night in London. Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca will launch their second BBVA-sponsored gastronomic tour on August 1, and will recreate their restaurant's experience for BBVA Compass clients in Houston, Birmingham, Ala., and Miami.
"Congratulations to El Celler de Can Roca and to the innovative Roca brothers," said BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez. "Their efforts to push the envelope and create extraordinary experiences for their clients are well aligned with the bank's mission to do the same. It is an honor to be working with them again this year."
El Celler de Can Roca was last crowned No. 1 in 2013, and has claimed one of the top two spots on the British magazine's list for the past five years. The annual event is considered one of the highest recognitions in the culinary world.
"The holy trinity of head chef Joan's thoughtful but original cooking, pastry chef Jordi's imagination-defying desserts and sommelier Josep's beautifully considered wine pairings already adds up to significantly more than the sum of its parts, before you add in a vibrant family dynamic and a deep sense of hospitality," Restaurant magazine said of the trio on its website after the 2015 award was announced.
The list is compiled based on the opinions of professional chefs, reporters and food critics from all over the world. Each region has a dedicated panel of 36 experts, headed by a chairperson.
"It was a magical moment experiencing the same feelings as two years ago," said Joan Roca. "This recognition makes us very happy, but it is above all down to our team, which is unquestionably the best in the world, and all those who have supported us all this time. We will endeavor to carry the title responsibly."
2015 BBVA-El Celler de Can Roca Tour
Over five weeks this summer, Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, accompanied by 40 of their staff members, will serve more than 2,500 BBVA customers and guests in Buenos Aires in Argentina; Miami, Houston and Birmingham, Alabama, in the U.S.; and Istanbul in Turkey. Their journey will recreate the experience from their top-rated restaurant.
During this second edition of the tour, a total of 100,000 dishes will be served in six countries. Over the two tours in 2014 and 2015, the brothers will have traveled almost 75,000 miles, equivalent to circumnavigating the world three times.