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We were at the VIII Creative Cooking Contest with Pomegranates of Elche.

A creative cooking contest that this year has had many participants.


VIII Creative Cooking Contest with Elche Pomegranates
The four finalists of the VIII Concurso de Cocina Creativa con Granadas de Elche.
Photography: Jesús Morell


The contest, sponsored by VisitElche, Elche City Council, Generalitat Valenciana, Diputación de Alicante, Tescoma and Cajamar. Eurotoques, Susi Díaz and the gastronomy blog Carolus Cocina collaborated. 1,500 euros in prizes were awarded and the final was held at Susi Díaz’s restaurant La Finca (1 Michelin star).


Last Tuesday, January 22nd we had the pleasure of being one of the finalists of the VII Creative Cooking Contest with Pomegranates of Elche.


“When I received the call I couldn’t believe that, among so many participants, I was going to be among the four finalists. At that moment, I already felt like a winner…” says our chef, Ismael Bilbao.


Evenor Sevilla, from Restaurante La Masía in Alcoy, Marcos H. López, from Restaurante Manhattan in San Juan de Alicante, Cristina Gómez, from Restaurante Eneko in Vizcaya and our beloved chef,
Ismael Bilbao, have been the lucky finalists carefully chosen among approximately one hundred participants from all over the country.


VIII Creative Cooking Contest with Elche Pomegranates
Awards ceremony of the VIII Creative Cooking Contest with Pomegranates of Elche.
Photography: Jesús Morell


Paco Torreblanca, Susi Díaz and Lazy Blog have served as members of the jury awarding the prizes in this way:


– First Prize: Cristina Gómez (ENEKO)
– Second Prize: Marcos H. López (MANHATTAN)
– Third prize: Evenor Sevilla (LA MASIA)

-Fourth prize: Ismael Bilbao (SAMARUC)


From here, we would like to give our most sincere congratulations to the winner of this edition, Cristina Gómez, a promising young woman who has been going strong at only 22 years of age.


It has been an incredible experience that has culminated with a fantastic aperitif in the gardens of La Finca Restaurant, of the Michelin Star awarded Susi Diaz.


We are already working on the dish that we will present for the next edition of the Creative Cooking Contest with Pomegranates of Elche.


Live in the moment… live Samaruc