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Mateu Casañas

Alongside Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch, Mateu Casañas makes up the trio of great chefs heading the restaurants Disfrutar in Barcelona and Compartir in Cadaqués. Born in 1977, his first contact with cuisine comes when his parents open the restaurant Si us plau in Roses. In addition to forging himself as a chef at elBulli and being an important part of the creative process of the restaurant, Mateu gained experience in other restaurants such as Xavier Sagristà’s Mas Pau or in the Four Seasons Hotel in London.

Bio Highlights

1997 – Starts working in elBulli 2012 – Opening of Compartir in Cadaqués 2014 – Opening of Disfrutar in Barcelona 2015 – First Michelin star for Disfrutar 2016 – Disfrutar, best new restaurant in Europe according to OAD 2017 – Disfrutar, One to Watch Award, from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 – The book Compartir (Planeta Gastro) is published 2018 – First Highest Entry Award, from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

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