The Spanish Foreign Trade Institute, or ICEX, and the Guarantee of Origin and Quality, or DOC, of Rioja wines paid tribute Tuesday at the Madrid Fusion gastronomic fair to Spanish chefs who have won fame for their culinary achievements outside the country to become "the best ambassadors for Brand Spain."

ICEX chairman and Secretary of State for Trade Jaime Garcia-Legaz honored Sergi Arola, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak, Martin Berasategui, Ramon Freixa, Dani Garcia, Nacho Manzano, Marcos Moran, Paco Perez, Albert Raurich, Paco Roncero, and the brothers Sergio and Javier Torres at the ceremony.

Their work of promoting Spanish gastronomy around the world through their restaurants, now at the heights of international cuisine, was greatly commended.

The ICEX is committed to "continue supporting these endeavors" because the chefs are "innovative entrepreneurs who symbolize what we want for the country - people who seek new markets with creativity and quality," Garcia Legaz said. EFE