Tenerife hosts the Michelin Guide Gala 2018 and adds its sixth Star

The gastronomy of Tenerife reached with the Michelin Gala the culinary heaven. The ceremony was attended by 500 guests. For the first time it took place in Tenerife, the island of “eternal spring“.

The Spanish star chef Berasategui was the honoured host of the gala dinner, along with Ricardo Sanz from the Kabuki restaurant. In addition, his head chef of the restaurant M.B., Erlantz Gorostiza, was the coordinator of the culinary party that followed the event.

The International Director, Michael Ellis, emphasized in his speech during the Gala in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Abama in Guia de Isora that the distribution of the Michelin stars in the current Guide shows once again that Spanish and Portuguese cuisine continue to live great moments and that the national cuisine of both countries continue to grow, “and for tourists the Guide Michelin serves as an important speaker”. The event, held for the ninth time in a row, has become one of the most important events in the catering industry.

At the Gala in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Abama in Guia de Isora, International Director Michael Ellis emphasized in his speech that the distribution of the Michelin stars in the current issue shows once again that Spanish and Portuguese cuisine continue to enjoy great moments and that the national cuisine of both countries continues to grow, “and for tourists the Guide Michelin serves as an important speaker”. The event, held for the ninth time in a row, has become one of the most important events in the gastronomy industry.

Tenerife is the only island in the Canary Islands that has restaurants with Michelin stars.

During this edition, the Nub restaurant in La Laguna was awarded with a Michelin star. Nub spoils us with an interesting mix of Italian, Chilean and traditional Canarian cuisine. This new star shines together with the other five stars in Tenerife.

The following restaurants are currently in possession of the coveted stars: two has the M.B. Restaurant (Martín Berasategui) in the Hotel The Ritz Carlton Abama in Guia de Isora, one star has the Kabuki (also in the Ritz Carlton Hotel Abama), the Kazan in Santa Cruz also a star, as well as Rincón de Juan Carlos in Los Gigantes (in the municipality of Santiago del Teide) and now the restaurant Nub in La Laguna.

A table full of stars is waiting for you in Tenerife.

Gastronomy in Tenerife, a marriage of stars

From the imposing lunar landscape on Mount Teide, the volcanic canyons to the Atlantic coast, diversity permeates the entire island. Landscapes, culture and gastronomy are determined by the unique micro climate in Tenerife.

The ingredients of the gastronomy of Tenerife have their very own personality, such as the wine grown on volcanic soil or the honey with the scent of native flowers. This personal touch is particularly evident in the dishes and the modern cuisine; gastronomic essence meets centuries of cultural encounters.

Marriage of stars, a gastronomic journey through Tenerife

If you want to discover this “gastronomic landscape“, then you have the opportunity, especially in the months of November and December. A lot of gastronomic events will take place, where you will get an insight into the culture, the historical municipalities and, of course, the beautiful landscapes in addition to the culinary delights.

Explore the island, the Canarian cuisine and at the same time you will learn about the traditions that have influenced the local gastronomy of Tenerife for generations.

The Gala of the “Guide Michelin 2018”, a meeting of the national and Portuguese “Haute Cuisine”, was the highlight. The gala took place on November 22nd at the Hotel Ritz-Carlton Abama, where three of the now six Michelin stars from Tenerife are home to: two are owned by the restaurant M.B. and one belongs to the Abama Kabuki.

Whether you are a lover of modern cuisine or you prefer the traditional flavours of Tenerife, during your holiday on the island you can enjoy everything. Let’s go on a culinary trip of the Canarian cuisine.

Food in Tenerife, a journey for the palate

A highlight in Tenerife is the wrinkled potato (Spanish papa arrugada) served with green coriander mojo or red paprika mojo. It is considered one of the seven gastronomic wonders of Spain.

Gofio, another important ingredient in the gastronomic identity of the Canary Islands, is a product inherited from the Guanches, the island’s first inhabitants. It is a roasted cereal flour characterised by its nutritional value and authentic taste. You will find Gofio in the traditional cuisine, in recipes such as the Escaldón or in the modern cuisine with more innovative versions in desserts or mousse.

The honeys of Tenerife are also one of the protagonists in the gastronomy of the island. In their sweetness they hide more than five centuries beekeeping tradition. There are several types, as well as the geographic diversity: coast, Teide National Park and mountain landscape. Particularly popular is the honey of Mount Teide, the honey of the Teide bugloss (Tajinaste) or the broom (Retama) honey from the National Park. The aromas remind you of the highest peak in Spain and they are the perfect accompaniment to desserts and sauces.

Wines and wineries from Tenerife

White, rosé, red wine, Malvasías … The history of Tenerife is closely linked to the history of its vineyards. For many years Malvasia export was the most important economic engine of the island. Wine-growing started in the fifteenth century by the first Europeans moving to Tenerife.

This quality is protected in the numerous designations of origin of the island’s wineries: Abona, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Valle de Güímar, La Orotava and Ycoden-Daute-Isora. Here you can taste the wines that once Shakespeare and Walter Scott fell in love with.

Are you ready for your gastronomic experience?

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards open the call for entries of its first edition

Submissions will be open until December 8th

The event will reward the Ibero-American animation in nine categories

The ceremony will take place on April 7th 2018 in Tenerife Island (Spain)

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have opened the call for entries for its first edition’s different categories, being celebrated on April 7th 2018 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

The initiative, that looks forward to value the Ibero-American animation talent and industry, receives animated works from the region’s 23 countries that have been released between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2017. The call for entries has itself nine categories: feature film, series, short film, school short film, innovative work, commissioned film, visual development, animation design and sound design and original music.

Works whose original language is mostly Spanish, Portuguese or other non-hegemonic languages ​​spoken in the Ibero American region may be submitted in this call. Although it could be also submitted works by Ibero-American production companies that are produced directly in other languages. The works must be submitted via Festhome before 23:59 (Mexican Time) December 8th.

Among all the submitted works there is going to be six nominated per category, to be announced the first week of January 2018. Among these selected works, an international jury will choose the three finalists on each category, that will aim for the Awards that will be presented on April 7th in Tenerife.

Parallely to the awards, the organization has the purpose to generate networks and favour the circulation of works in both sides of the ocean by organizing two more activities: The International Coproduction Forum and The International Iberoamerican Animation Congress. Both oriented to animation professionals, these activities will take place on April 6th and 7th in the same island town where the animated sectors of Latin America, Portugal, Andorra and Spain will gather together.

The awards are named after the first animation feature film creator of history, the Argentinian-Italian Quirino Cristiani, that in 1917 directed “El Apóstol”; an Argentinian production in which 58.000 hand drawn cartoons were used and recorded in 35mm, as well as several mockups representing Buenos Aires’ public buildings and streets. Of his work even the giant Disney talked about it, as he has travelled to Argentina in 1941 for the release of “Fantasia”.

The Quirino Awards has the main sponsor of Turismo de Tenerife and the collaboration of some of the most important international animation events celebrated in Ibero America, such as the Mexican Pixelatl Animation, Video Games and Comic Festival of Cuernavaca and the Spanish 3D Wire International Animation, Video Games and New Media Market; among others.

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Apnea in Tenerife, a diving baptism

Diving to the seabed is always an adventure. You hold your breath, close your eyes and feel it … You dive into the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean and you’re in a new world that opens in front of your eyes. Whether snorkeling or using fins, in Tenerife you have many opportunities for an incredible diving trip.

Diving in Tenerife

In general, the whole island is ideal for diving because of its mild climate and the warm temperatures, although the western area should be highlighted with places like Los Gigantes or the south coast of Adeje. Due to the currents and meteorology they are considered as the best diving places.

You don’t have to be a professional diver to swim like a fish in the sea. You just need attitude. There are diving centres in Tenerife such as the Apnea Academy West Europe, which offer diving courses for beginners at all levels. This concept was created by former apnea world champion Umberto Pelizzari and brought to the island thanks to Paco González Castro, who participated in nine apnea world championships between 1999 and 2010.

Some of the diving classes in Tenerife are taught in the facilities of T3 Tenerife Top Training, the high performance centre chosen by athletes from around the world. If you prefer to dive in Los Gigantes you can get on the El Cardón Naturexperience kayaks and navigate the southern coast of Tenerife, discovering its natural wonders, both inside and outside the water.

Umberto Pelizzari in Tenerife

Since he was five years old, he has been swimming and since then his curiosity and love for the sea has increased. The Italian freediver and diver Umberto Pelizzari visited our island Tenerife in October 2017 to give a professional course to instructors. He covered topics like relaxation, respiration, physiology, nutrition or communication techniques.

Of course, he took the opportunity to get to know the island and its nature, to visit Marina del Sur, to dive in the waters of Costa Adeje and to test his limits on bike, on the top of Spain, on Mount Teide.

Diving in Tenerife, some practical tips

If you have already decided to dive and discover the seabed of Tenerife, you should pay attention to some practical tips:

Ask experts and companies about the conditions of the sea and the ideal diving sites. In addition, you should consult the weather forecast for the day you plan to do the activity.

Never plunge alone into the adventure. It is better to book an organised dive through a company, so that you will always be accompanied and advised by experts.

It is not necessary to ask for diving permits in Tenerife, although it may be that some academies require a medical certificate, but you do not need to provide diving insurance.

When can I dive in Tenerife?

As already mentioned, during the whole year you can submerge underwater, both in the south and in the north of the island, European athletes, however, prefer the winter, since the temperature is always constant and there are no abrupt changes.

In winter, the water temperature is around 19 ° C and in summer it’s at 25 ° C, with only one degree difference between 0 and 50 m depth. In addition, the visibility is 20 to 25 metres, so that you can perfectly see the marine world.

Put on your suit, hold your breath and make your life experience.