Thursday, December 8

Where to eat the winning pinchos of the 2022 National Tapas Contest

The level of national tapas is measured every year with the scale of the National Pinchos and Tapas Contest. And, for 18 editions, it has been rising and putting chefs from all corners of Spain on the map.

The contest has acquired such a reputation that it had to be extended to the international arena with the World Championship of Tapas City of Valladolidto which chefs from all over the globe participated this year, from New Zealand and Australia to Ecuador or the United Kingdom.

In addition, the organization has had the great idea of ​​twinning the dozens of participants with restaurants and bars in the city, so that, during the week of the contest, locals and visitors have the opportunity to try their tapas on an intense route in the that, by the way, the winning pinchos of those Valladolid bars throughout the history of the contest are known.

As in Valladolid it is no longer possible, here we bring you the winners so that you can go to their establishments to ask for their tapas if you live in their town or are going to do gastronomic tourism.

The national champion of Pinchos and Tapas 2022

In the The Puntido Restaurantyou must try the tapa by Ariel Munguía, called “Cochino Bocado”, a small bag of pork resting on a lettuce leaf that is sweet on the palate and helps you to cleanse the greasy sensation with a shot of blended lettuce. Carretera de Navaridas Errepidea s/n, 01309 Paganos, Álava.


The second prize of the XVIII National Pinchos and Tapas Contest is cooked in the restaurant Enigmaa sweet surprise from Carla Peyrón who has disguised her totally organic “Sweet tartare” by changing the meat for raspberries. Carrer de Sepulveda, 38-40, Barcelona.

Third prize of the National Competition

The Atrium Restaurant He has been the third champion for the cover “Tomate a bath” by Alberto Montes. A fun skewer that comes with a little doll in a bathtub with mint foam where the Hindu-inspired kataifi pasta roll is spread, but filled with concentrated Extremaduran tomato soup that you have to dip in curry-spiced mayonnaise. Plaza San Mateo, 1, Cáceres.

Accesit to the best cover concept of the National Competition

In Borda Berri The second prize for the best tapa concept rightly went to Mitxel Suárez, for his “Bollo de Maite-Quilla”, a perfect trompe l’oeil of cream bun but filled with eel and with touches of citrus that refresh the butter. Hueto Arriba-Oto Goien Street, 5, Hueto Arriba, Álava.

Accesit to the most traditional cover of the National Competition

Cafe Tizona Restaurant makes the best traditional tapa in Spain thanks to the experience of Ana Rosa Lasheras in making her “¡¡¡Bacañuelo!!!”. Ciriaco Garrido Street, 14, Logroño, La Rioja.

Accesit to the most avant-garde cover of the National Competition

The most avant-garde tapa is eaten in the restaurant The Pontevedra Cafewhere Rubén González has paid homage to the discarded octopus with “Octópoda-Solo Octopus”.

A ball filled with pieces of the head of the encephalopod, whose cooking broth is used to cook the stew that is concentrated in a pipette so that you can inject it inside and contrast at the same time with a little torreznito of octopus that provides the crunchy point. Rua Alameda, s/n, Pontevedra.

Tapas World Champion 2022

The Champion of the VI World Tapas Championship is not going to catch you by hand because he is in the restaurant Hyatt Centric Dubai (United Arab Emirates), where Lendl Pereira nails his “Cijara Baba Ganoush” eclair, a crispy cannelloni of spiced eggplant puree and hot sauce.

Tapas world runner-up 2022

The second world prize went to Yee Tak Frederick Wong of the restaurant Ponyfrom New Zealand, for their “Ash dog” cover.

The third world prize

James Russell Kirkwood of the restaurant Brown’s Brasserie (United Kingdom), surprised with its croissant sandwich with matured cow pie and shrimp from Huelva called “Mar y montaña”.

Accesit to the best cover concept of the world cup

Alejandro San José, from Valladolid, from the restaurant Habanero Taqueriawon this second prize (Spain) for his tapa “Salbut Criollo” and there you have it for lunch and dinner at the Duque de Lerma street, 4, Valladolid.

Second prize for the most traditional tapa in the world

The most classic tapa in the world is the cuisine of Joana Duarte, from the restaurant cinnamon bun (Portugal), and is called “Atlantic Bite” because it contains seaweed and horse mackerel.

Second prize for the most avant-garde cover in the world

And the most avant-garde international tapa was served by Amber Heaton, from the Cucina Vino restaurant (Australia), who made a “Salmon Ceviche” with a strong presence of cucumber.

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