Chef at ABaC, Angle and Ten’s
Jordi Cruz was born in Manresa (Barcelona) in 1978 and studied cooking at the ‘Escola Superior de Hostelería Joviat’ in the same city. At 14 years old he began working in the restaurant Cercs Estany Clar in Barcelona, where he received his first Michelin star in November 2004, becoming, at 24 years, the youngest chef in Spain and second in the world to receive this distinction. The strong promise he represents within the panorama of Spanish Cuisine was recognised from that moment on. Before, he had won several awards such as the Young Chef’s Spanish Championship in San Sebastian in 2002; the International prize Cooking with Olive Oil from Jaen Paraiso Interior, made in 2003 under ‘Best of Gastronomy’ section, also in San Sebastian; or the Championship of Spain Award for Young Values, Ciudad de Marbella, that he won in 2003. In 2006 he became champion of the first edition of ‘Chef of the Year’ CCA. In December 2007, Cruz became manager and head chef at the restaurant L’Angle de Món Sant Benet (Barcelona). In November 2008 the restaurant was also awarded with one Michelin star. In May 2010, he took the lead of ABaC Restaurant & Hotel, which is one of the gastronomic references in Barcelona, being awarded as the Best Restaurant of Catalonia 2011 by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy, and with 2 Michelin in 2012 and 2013. In June 2012 he opened a new restaurant in Barcelona, Ten’s Tapas Restaurant, at the heart of the Born district. They offer tapas and side dishes true to the philosophy of ABaC. Since 2013, Jordi Cruz is part of the team of judges in the program Master Chef Spain in TVE1. He has been awarded as Chef de l’Avenir by the Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie.