Cristian Solana, from El Puntido restaurant in Laguardia (Álava), medieval chef 2023

The Alava chef won first prize in the 15th edition of the International Medieval Pinchos and Tapas Competition. The second prize went to Gorka Irisarri, from Gastroteka Danontzat-Hondarribia (Gipuzkoa), and the originality award went to Severiano García, from Hotel Oasis in Jerez de los Caballeros (Badajoz).

The Network of Medieval Cities and Villages is a pioneering tourism initiative that integrates seven municipalities in Spain and Portugal with an important medieval heritage such as Almazán (Soria), Estella–Lizarra (Navarra), Hondarribia (Gipuzkoa), Jerez de los Caballeros (Badajoz), Laguardia (Álava), Marvão (Portugal) and Sigüenza (Guadalajara). With the objective of promote and disseminate the rich historical legacy of these cities and towns, where their medieval past has survived to the present day, through their history, their architecture, their legends and their literature.

On October 28, the Network held its XV Medieval Pinchos and Tapas Contest in the beautiful Guipuzcoan town of Hondarribia. This was the second time that Hondarribia hosted the final of this competition, in the same place as the first, the Klink Gastronomic Society in 2012.

There were seven chefs in charge of representing each of the cities and towns that make up the Network of Medieval Cities and Villages and those who competed to become the 2023 medieval chef, an honor that finally fell to the representative of Laguardia. They were Ibán Garin from Bar Restaurante Bienara in Estella-Lizarra (Navarra); Benilde Soria from Bar Lacalle in Almazán (Soria); Irene Gómez Perdigón from Pastelería Gustos de Antiguo in Sigüenza (Guadalajara); Hélder António Ramilo Pires From the Mil-Homens Restaurant in Marvão (Portugal) and the award-winners Gorka Irisarri, Cristian Solana and Severiano García.