It's official: The world's number two restaurant is coming to Dallas this summer. As previously reported, Spain's El Celler de Can Roca — which held the title of world's best restaurant until yesterday, when it was unseated by Copenhagen's Noma — is preparing to embark on a world tour this summer, temporarily shuttering its restaurant to take its modern Catalan cuisine on the road.
The tour is sponsored by BBVA, which is Spain's second-largest bank and parent company of American bank BBVA Compass. Led by Can Roca's founders, brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, a team of 20 or so staffers will serve elaborate multi-course dinners in a number of cities around the world — including Houston and Dallas in August, a BBVA Compass rep confirms. The bad news? The dinners will be limited to BBVA Compass clients.
They're still in the process of selecting a venue for the Dallas event, but expect more info to surface when co-owner and head chef Joan Roca makes a May 19 appearance in Houston to promote the tour events; a press conference will be held at a culinary school, and the chef will also teach a "master class" for "aspiring chefs" (culinary students?) from both cities.
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