Spanish Flavors by Michelin Star Chef at FAIRMONT JAKARTA

Michelin-starred Chef Francesc Rovira from the acclaimed La Fonda Xesc in Spain brought artisanal Spanish cuisine at Fairmont Jakarta’s VIEW Restaurant & Bar.

Michelin-starred Chef Francesc Rovira from the acclaimed La Fonda Xesc in Spain brought artisanal Spanish cuisine at Fairmont Jakarta’s VIEW Restaurant & Bar.

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CONSIDERED AS one of the great Spanish chefs, Francesc Rovira’s cuisine is rooted in the deep traditions of Spanish culinary, and elevated to the heights of mastery.  Chef Rovira  collaborated with Fairmont Jakarta’s Executive Chef Andrew Zarzosa to create a delightful 6-course menu paired exclusively with a selection of excellent Spanish wines including Segura Viudas, Orube, Valdubon and Mas de Subira presented by Freixenet.

Delectable dishes from Chef Francesc were Gambero Rosso, Basilic and Soya which was boosted by Segura Viudas Brut. D.O. Cava, followed by his take on the traditional gazpacho, Tomato and Crab Cold Soup, Cream Cheese, Ossetra Caviar, Corriander and Ginger which was refreshingly paired with Valduban Verdejo D.O. Rueda.

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His main dish was Line Caught Barramundi, Zucchini, Grape and Fennel, which went very well with Valdubon Reserva. D.O. Ribera del Duero. The beautiful dessert was Sauce Red Berries with Segura Vuidas, Lychees and Lemon Verbena accompanied with Segura Viudas Rose D.O. Cava.

Francesc learned the art of cooking Catalan cuisine from his mother at a young age, while working at his family-owned village inn “La Fonda”.

After finishing high school, he attended the Escola d’Hosteleria de Barcelona to further his skills and develop his own style of cooking. Eventually, Francesc took over the family business and converted the kitchen inn into a full-fledged restaurant.

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The Michelin star restaurant “La Fonda Xesc” is set in a historic 1730 house within the idyllic village of Gombren in the region of Ripolies. The village population is only 160. “Now 158 because my wife and I are here,” Francesc said with a laugh.

Francesc enjoys cooking with fresh and local produce. “I use a number of Indonesian vegetables and fruits in the menu. While they are of course different from what I have back home, they are really excellent products,” he commented.

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Written by Andre Arditya Photographs by Yosua Yanuard November 6, 2016.

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