Ten chefs have been selected to compete for the 2013 Best Vegetable Dish Prize, which will be awarded at the Oct. 16-18 International Fruit and Vegetable Industry Fair in the Spanish capital.
The prize, won last year by David Muñoz of the Michelin two-star DiverXo in Madrid and in 2011 by Miguel Angel de la Cruz of La Botica de Matapozuelos in Valladolid, will be handed out on Oct. 15 on the recommendation of a jury made up of journalists who cover the culinary scene.
The chefs competing for the prestigious prize are Ricardo Gonzalez, of El Retiro de Pancar in Llanes, Asturias; Sergio Bastard, of La Casona del Judio in Santander; Ivan Cerdeño, of La Casa del Carmen in Toledo; Artur Martinez, of Capritx in Barcelona; Iago Castrillon, of Acio in La Coruña; Sergio Martinez, of Keki Taperia in Murcia; and Juan Carlos Padron, of El Rincon de Juan Carlos in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands.
Chefs Juan Carlos Trujillo, of Canela en Rama in Jaen; Daniel Ochoa, of Montia in San Lorenzo del Escorial; and Miguel Angel de la Cruz, who is back to defend his title, complete the field.
The chefs must prepare a dish using only fruits and vegetables to win the prize.
The competitors include "young talent from the Spanish kitchen and many unknowns who will be leaders in a future filled with great expectations," event organizer Madrid Fusion said in a statement. EFE