Celebrity Spanish chef Jordi Gimeno served up Spanish delights to the joy of food lovers as Feista Espaniola began last night.
The week-long food festival is being staged at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain, with flamenco dancing and foot-tapping traditional music from Spanish dance group, Sarsare Flamenco, adding to the flavour.
“Hola Bahrain! We are bringing the vibrant culture & exquisite cuisine of Spain to the heart of Bahrain,” said Ahmed Hisham Ezzat, the hotel’s marketing executive.
Chef Jordi’s inspired cuisine includes an assortment of sizzling seafood in Paella, fish cakes, tortilla, chicken with garlic sauce, meatballs with cuttlefish and bean casserole.
“Variety is what makes Spanish cuisine special in my opinion because I can say that there are 100 different Spanish cuisines and every cuisine has his own landscape!” explained Chef Jordi in an earlier interview with GDNonline editor Stanley Szecowka.
“This connection with the landscape is very important because you can’t believe how different gastronomically the outlook is in every region. This variety is the most amazing thing about our cuisine.
“People know that Paella and Tapas is Spanish cuisine but, in fact, there is so much more than that. I would encourage people to tour around Spain and taste the stews from the north, the fritters in the south, roast meat in the west and come to the east to enjoy the seafood specialties.”
After a period of training at the celebrated El Tupí Cooking School in Barcelona, he travelled around Europe and the US to hone his skills.
This voyage of discovery also included different Mediterranean islands and it allowed him to study other kitchens of the Mare Nostrum. He has worked in many Michelin star restaurants too such as the Fonda Xesc, Gombrén, Catalonia, and the Restaurant Palau Reial of Alghero, in Sardinia, and Chef Jordi also built up a glowing reputation for organising food festivals and teaching the art of cooking the celebrated cuisine.
- The Feista Espaniola, staged from 7pm to 11pm, runs until October 12.
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