Luis del Val
The journalist Luis del Val, the enologist Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, the Sommelier Custodio Zamarra and the Chefs Manuel de la Osa, Adolfo and Abraham García will all be participating in the round table.
The journalist Luis del Val will be coordinating the round table 'Illustrious Manchegos in Gastronomy and Wine', which will be hosted within the frame of FENAVIN-2009, the National Trade Fair on Wine that will take place at the Ciudad Real Trade Fair Pavilion from May 5th to the 7th.
Participating with the journalist, we will have the Enologist Miguel Ángel de Gregorio; the Sommelier Custodio Zamarra and the Chefs Manuel de la Osa, Adolfo and Abraham García.
Luis del Val is also a writer and the star of a long and fruitful career in the world of mass media. He has been an essential figure in the radio and he has received two Ondas Awards. In written press, he has been a columnist in Diario 16, La Vanguardia, Interviú and Tiempo. He currently publishes an opinion column in numerous Spanish daily newspapers. He is the author of various books; both fiction and non-fiction, amongst which to be highlighted are Buenos días, señor ministro (Good Morning Mister Minister) (Novela Café Gijón Award, 1987), Las amigas imperfectas (The Imperfect Friends) (Ateneo de Novela 2003 Award), Crucero de otoño (Autumn Cruise) (Finalist of the Primavera 2008 Award) or Prietas las filas (Firm the Ranks).
Miguel Ángel de Gregorio is a Graduate Horticulturist, winemaker of success and one of the most prestigious enologists in Spain and all of Europe. He was born in La Rioja and he is the owner of the wineries Finca Allende, in Briones (La Rioja) and Finca Coronado in Argamasilla de Calatrava (Ciudad Real). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the European Federation of Great Wines. This federation groups together winemakers from eight European countries, counting with a total of fifty wineries and Miguel Ángel de Gregorio is the only Spaniard amongst its members.
Custodio Zamarra is the Sommelier at the Zalacaín Restaurant and one of the professionals who is most highly considered by lovers of wine. Zamarra already participated at Fenavin-2005, in the round table "The pleasure of the senses: Wine in the Restaurant". He is the co-author of the books "Guía práctica del servicio de mesa" (Practical Guide on Table Service) and "Guía práctica para invitar a casa" (Practical Guide for Entertaining at Home).
Manuel de la Osa is one of the clearest exponents of signature cuisine and he is considered to be one of the ten best Chefs in Spain. He has recently obtained two awards to the Best Chef of the Year and numerous credentials. The laureate of the National Gastronomy Award to the Best Chef has also participated in the book "Comer con los ojos. El membrillo" (Eating with your eyes. The Quince), which was presented at the 2nd edition of España Original, National Trade Fair on Denominations of Origin and Other Quality Agri-Food products, organized by the Provincial Government of Ciudad Real, under the direction of Manuel Juliá, in like manner to FENAVIN. In his book the Chef included recipes of his own elaboration based on practical cooking, practice that is achieved by testing and researching, always based on the essences of the Manchego region.
Adolfo counts with important awards, amongst which to be highlighted are the Premio Nacional Alimentos de España (National Foods of Spain Award), granted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food and the Premio Nacional de Gastronomía Marques de Desio (National Marquise of Desio Gastronomy Award) to the best professional in the Spanish Restaurant sector. He has acquired international fame through his restaurants in Toledo and Japan and the highest possible ratings in events, communication media and specialized reviews from around the world. He represents one of Spain's gastronomy's distinguishing marks and in particular, of Castilla-La Mancha, given that his cuisine has traveled with him to more than 30 countries in which he has wisely and stimulatingly interpreted the richness of natural products. He also participated in the round table 'Today's Art of Fine Dining", which took place during the first edition of España Original.
Abraham García is the owner of the Madrid restaurant Viridiana, and he is one of the most imaginative and prestigious chefs in Spain. Viridiana is one of the most original restaurants in Madrid. Seduced as it was, the Gastronomic review of the Herald Tribune included the restaurant in the list of the ten best Bistros in the world.