Chefs

Fran Martínez

Fran Martínez
Fran Martínez
Maralba
2 Michelin Stars | Almansa, Albacete

“Maralba's cuisine is deeply rooted in La Mancha, but given Almansa's location near the Mediterranean, products from the sea heavily influence our restaurant.”

At Maralba, located in the foothills of Almansa Castle, Fran Martínez knows how to bring out the best of the region's gastronomy and products, adding a dash of modernity and uniqueness. Manchegan roots permeate Maralba’s dishes through products such as dried peppers, saffron, and several other regional ingredients. The Mediterranean influence also adds a delicious freshness to the cuisine.

www.maralbarestaurante.es

Iván Cerdeño

Iván Cerdeño
Iván Cerdeño
Restaurante Iván Cerdeño
2 Michelin Stars | Toledo

“The culinary footprint left behind by different cultures that have passed through the city is the pillar upon which our cuisine is built. Toledo’s cuisine has historically also provided a great draw for curious travellers, artists and intellectuals.”

Iván Cerdeño offers his culinary interpretation of Toledo’s past and environment, rooted in its vegetable gardens, riverside and nearby mountains. His menus draw on memories and seasonal produce, paying tribute to La Mancha’s finest products, always with a dash of modernity with the chef’s signature style, blending ingredients from the sea and mountains.

www.ivancerdeño.com

Enrique Pérez

Enrique Pérez
Enrique Pérez
El Doncel
1 Michelin Star | Sigüenza, Guadalajara

“Our cuisine adopts a more avant-garde culinary approach to our local flavours, always drawing on local and seasonal produce, while keeping a watchful eye on external techniques and influences.”

El Doncel’s culinary offerings are rooted in seasonal products representing our region’s finest, working alongside local small-scale producers, and adding value to their work. Priority is given to certain products depending on the season. This results in a creative, personalised, and unique culinary offering, placing value on staples such as salt from the inland region, cereals and hunting resources, without ever forgetting our roots.

www.eldoncel.com
 

Pepe Rodríguez

pepe rodríguez el bohío
Pepe Rodríguez
El Bohío
1 Michelin Stars | Illescas, Toledo

"We live between culinary tradition and modernity, reinventing the profoundly Manchegan dishes that my family used to prepare in the old inn, to adjust to the flavours and style we love today."

At El Bohío, Pepe Rodríguez and his team draw on local traditions, tapping into La Mancha’s culinary past to tailor centuries-old flavours and products to modern tastes, while preserving the homely feel of the old inn where the restaurant is housed.

www.elbohio.net

Jesús Segura

Jesús Segura
Jesús Segura
Trivio
1 Michelin Star | Cuenca

“To think of Castilla-La Mancha cuisine conjures up images of traditional dishes, deeply rooted in local produce and known the world over.”

Jesús Segura is one of the finest representatives of cuisine from the dry lands. Under the slogan "Cocinando Cuenca” (“Cooking Cuenca”), his dishes include important ideas such as sustainability and zero-KM food, drawing on all the opportunities available in the local area: clay, game, mushrooms, aromatic herbs, as well as deploying other traditional ingredients to create haute cuisine. A veritable explosion of flavours.

www.restaurantetrivio.com

Samuel Moreno

Samuel Moreno
Samuel Moreno
Molino de Alcuneza
1 Michelin Star | Sigüenza, Guadalajara

“We aim to reflect our region’s cuisine as faithfully as possible. All our dishes are bursting with traditional flavours but pack a couple of twists to surprise diners.”

Samuel Moreno reinterprets Castilian cuisine, transforming traditional dishes into haute cuisine with a dash of sophistication. El Molino de Alcuneza is one of the most charming local restaurants due to its beautiful setting: a flour mill over 500 years old.

www.molinodealcuneza.com

José Antonio Medina

Jose Antonio Medina EL Coto de Quevedo
José Antonio Medina
El Coto de Quevedo
1 Michelin Star | Torre de Juan Abad

"Coto de Quevedo's cuisine is simple, noble, and humble, showing great heart and highlighting the local region’s finest products"

Coto de Quevedo's dishes showcase La Mancha’s culinary offerings. Chef José Antonio Medina considers it a privilege to draw on such a wide range of local produce and to use La Mancha’s products in all his dishes, a veritable gold mine of ingredients to create culinary masterpieces.

https://hotelcotodequevedo.com/restaurante/

Miguel Ángel Expósito

Miguel Angel Exposito Retama
Miguel Ángel Expósito
Retama
1 Michelin Star | Torrenueva

"Retama's cuisine is constantly evolving, born out of a passion for cooking, where every bite tells its own story"

Retama creates dishes with unique identities based on respect for products and producers, tradition, and modernity, and from the knowledge and values passed down from expert chefs throughout my training. Our cooking is constantly improving, drawing on knowledge and inspiration to dish up signature cuisine.

https://www.hotellacaminera.com/gastronomia/

Carlos Maldonado

Carlos Maldonado restaurante raíces
Carlos Maldonado
Raíces
1 Michelin Star | Talavera de la Reina, Toledo

"At Raíces, we seek to inspire and tell stories. Our dishes are daring and deeply rooted in my land. I tell diners that if I can get inside their taste buds, I’ll leave a little piece of my soul behind"

Raíces tells the story of Talavera de la Reina and Carlos Maldonado himself through its menu. Each dish offers a little piece of the chef. He seeks to inspire with strong flavours and to draw on the most traditional local recipes, but with an uncomplicated world view. Maldonado aims to surprise with carefully prepared, daring, and wild dishes, featuring local Talavera pottery that is a true work of art.

raicescarlosmaldonado.es