The taster, the key figure in the project.

The tasters are the people in charge of evaluating, by means of blind tasting, the products chosen to bear the Girona Excellent stamp. Their knowledge and experience determines the quality and standard of the products.

A wide and varied range of people related to the worlds of farming, gastronomy and catering was invited to participate in the twelve tastings for the third edition of Girona Excellent, which took place between 14 May and 8 June. Five specialists from each area participated in the dozen tastings, along with representatives from the fields of science, engineering, research, gastronomic journalism, education, catering, wine, cuisine and specialist commerce. It should be pointed out that major competition in the wine sector made it necessary to mobilise two tasting teams.

The tastings were blind and the gastronomic parameters or organoleptic qualities – appearance, aroma, taste and harmony – were assessed. In the case of unique products, numerical scores were given and there were deliberations.

The water tasting jury.

Anna Vicens

President of the Catalan Association of Sommeliers

Lluís Coll

Teacher of the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Girona

Àlex Carlos

Sommelier at the Celler de Can Roca, Girona

Clara Antúnez

Barista and sommelier Assessora de La Gastronòmica

Manel Guirado

Teacher and gastronomic journalist

The anchovies tasting jury.

Ma. Àngels Jacas

Chef at Merylou restaurant, l’Escala

Paula Molés

Journalist specialized in gastronomy of Catalunya Ràdio

Encarni Fernández

Chef at restaurant El Celler de la Planassa, Palamós

Yunju Choi

Chef at El Celler de Can Roca restaurant, Girona

Joan Carles Sánchez

Chef at restaurant Es Portal, Pals

The rice tasting jury.

Ma. Àngels Jacas

Chef at Merylou restaurant, l’Escala

Paula Molés

Journalist specialized in gastronomy of Catalunya Ràdio

Encarni Fernández

Chef at restaurant El Celler de la Planassa, Palamós

Yunju Choi

Chef at El Celler de Can Roca restaurant, Girona

Joan Carles Sánchez

Chef at Es Portal restaurant, Pals

The local drinks tasting jury.

Bernat Guixer

Member of the research team of El Celler de Can Roca, Girona

Xavi Amat

Ratafia Association of Santa Coloma de Farners

Enric Pardo

Brewer’s specialist at Club Cerveser Can Navarra, Bordils

Alfons Bonet

Beer sommelier at the El Celler restaurant at the Can Roca, Girona

Àngel Garcia Petit

Sommelier, gastronomic writer and pharmacist

The coffee tasting jury.

Anna Vicens

President of the Catalan Association of Sommeliers

Lluís Coll

Teacher of the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Girona

Àlex Carlos

Sommelier at El Celler de Can Roca, Girona

Clara Antúnez

Barista and sommelier Assessora de La Gastronòmica

Manel Guirado

Teacher and gastronomic journalist

The preserves tasting jury.

Fina Puigdevall

Chef at restaurant Les Cols, Olot

Jaume Fàbrega

Writer and gastronomic historian

Salvador Jordà

Chef and owner of Empòrium restaurant, Castelló d’Empúries

Manel Romero

Teacher at the Girona School of Hotel Management and Tourism

Tati Quera

Owner of the boutique Petit Paradís, Girona

The sausages tasting jury.

Cinto Arnau

Technician of the IRTA (Institute of Research and Food Technology)

Magda Perramon

Guild of butchers and charcuters
Owner of Ca la Magda, by Ripoll

Xavier Baig

Owner of La Noucentista gastronomy supplies store, Girona

Miquel Iglésias

Head waiter of the restaurant Els Ossos, Batet

Pere Planagumà

Chef at restaurant Les Rom, Roses

The foie gras tasting jury.

André Bonnaure

Chef expert in foie gras and duck

Pere Arpa

Chef of the Ca l’Arpa restaurant, Banyoles

Sílvia Soto

Gastronomic disseminator on the blog cuinetes.bloks.cat

 

Isaac Gelabert

Gastronomic promoter and director of the Lactium fair

Isabel Juncà

Chef of Ca l’Enric restaurant, the Vall de Bianya

The biscuits tasting jury.

Jordi Roca

Pastry of the restaurant El Celler of Can Roca, Girona

Ruth Reverter

Confectioner’s pastry Reverter, Girona

Miquel B. Costabella

Teacher and former pastry chef of the Costabella pastry shop in Salt

Carme Picas

Teacher and cook of the restaurant / catering El Ginjoler, Girona

Manel Guirado

Teacher and gastronomic journalist

The dairy products tasting jury.

Laia Pont

Agricultural technical engineer. Specialist in food industries and cheeses

Toni Gerez

Sommelier at the Castillo de Peralada restaurant, Peralada

Artur Sagués

Head waiter of the restaurant Cap i Pota, de Figueres

Carme Gasull

Journalist, writer and gastronomic communicator

Marta Garrón

Researcher at IRTA (Institute for Food Research and Technology)

The olive oils tasting jury.

Lluís Guerrero

Technical researcher at l’IRTA (Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology)

Natàlia Roig

Sommelier and teacher of the CETT (Campus of Tourism, Hotel and Gastronomy) of Barcelona

Joan Morillo

Sommelier and head of the Divinum restaurant, Girona

Josep Sucarrats

Journalist and director of the culinary gastronomy magazine Cuina

Marc Orozco

Gastronomic journalist. Radio Program Deixa’m tastar, Cadena Ser

The wine tasting jury.

Josep Roca

Sommelier at the Celler de Can Roca, Girona

Anna Vicens

President of the Catalan Association of Sommeliers

Ignasi Martín

Teacher of the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Girona

Josep Lluís Vilarasau

Teacher of the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Girona

Àlex Peiró

Sommelier at the restaurant Casamar, Llafranc.

Lluís Coll

Teacher of the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Girona

Glòria Ensesa

Sommelier del Giroví, competition of wines and cavas of Catalonia

Audrey Doré

Sommelier at the Celler de Can Roca, Girona

Antonio Gata

Sommelier at the restaurant Miramar, Llançà

Natàlia Roig

Sommelier and teacher of the CETT (Campus of Tourism, Hotel and Gastronomy) of Barcelona

Pictures of the 2018 – 2019 tastings