We love this story by Tamsin Snyman, a South African judge of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in Spain (where she saw chef Luke Dale-Roberts and his team at The Test Kitchen being honoured with 50th in the world).
Tamsin is the daughter of the late and beloved Lannice Snyman, founding editor of Eat Out. Every year at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, the Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a legendary culinary figure. (Last year it went to Letitia Prinsloo of the Institute of Culinary Arts.)
What makes this story special – apart from some astonishing Spanish restaurants you must put on your bucket list – is that Tamsin was using Lannice’s notes, re-tracing her mother’s own journey to Spain many years ago. So if you’re planning a trip to Spain or just want to live vicariously (at least until your pay cheque comes in), have a read.
Tamsin calls Spain a “gourmet giant of a country”, listing the best spots for croissants, chorizo-crammed tortilla de patatas and even brioche filled with warm truffle cream. As for pintxos? She says to try them all: “Directing you to top pintxos spots for midday mouthfuls would be fruitless. Be brave and graze your way through as many as possible. We succeeded by doing just this; a pintxos here, two next door, a pint around the corner, more pintxos across the road, a G&T with our 12th pintxos.”
We like the sound of that.