They make up a trio of aces. The Sandoval brothers shine with own stars. And the award to Rafael Sandoval confirms this. The Royal Academy of Gastronomy he has granted he National Gastronomy Award 2017 Best Sommelier. In this way, Mario, Diego and Rafael unprecedented complete a trio of awards in Spain that recognizes excellence in three key disciplines in a restaurant; kitchen, room and cellar.
In 2013, the chef Mario Sandoval won the National Gastronomy Award for Best Chef And his brother, Diego, in 2016, Best Director of Chamber. This year has been the winner Rafael Sandoval with this recognition, which adds tol Price Sommelier 2018 of the International Academy of Gastronomy which he has recently received.
He restaurant Coke (Madrid) You can not miss in any reference manual. With two stars Michelin, 3 soles of Repsol guide Y 3 M Metrópoli guide, It has become a gastronomic temple must internationally through hard work, illusion and awards. The three legs of the universe Coque, three brothers Sandoval -each in his specialty- are holders for the first time in the history of Spanish cuisine of the three major national prizes awarded by the Royal Academy of Gastronomy.
Currently, Rafael Sandoval celebrates this award from the winery Coliseum format Restaurante Coque, who moved from Humanes to the center of the capital in June last year. after a life dedicated to wine, the eldest brother explains: "With the move I could create the hold he had in mind and offer customers a different service experience“. For this reason, considers that “the prize is even more welcome and comes at a very nice time ".
Rafael Sandoval is responsible for caring for and enriching the wine list Coque, which it has increased considerably following the transfer last summer restaurant Humanes to Madrid. Now, arranged in the new winery restaurant, rests a personal selection of more than 3.000 references of wines and spirits from all five continents.
"Currently, sommeliers in too much poetry and think you have to give importance to the important: he soul of wines and transmission capacity customer”. And understands the craft's elder brother Sandoval, a lover of oenology that almost has not missed a service in the 30 years at the restaurant, Coque only leaves to visit wine regions and not lavished in conferences or public events "because I must be with my wine and my clients".
A different sommelier who will collect the award from the Royal Academy in gala to be held today, 25 of June, in Madrid. And it will hand Carlos Echapresto (Venta Moncalvillo), awarded in the last edition, thus linking his name to other greats of the profession awarded in previous editions as Juan Ruiz Henestrosa (Aponiente), David Seijas and Ferran Centelles (Bodega El Bulli), David Robledo (Santceloni), Josep Roca (El Celler de Can Roca) or Custodio López Zamarra (Zalacaín).
In this sense, the winner has acknowledged that "it is an honor to add my name to these professionals, all the teachers I have learned, as well as my two fellow nominees in the category –Guillermo Cruz, de Mugaritz, Y Raul Miguel Revilla, Zalacaín-, two amazing sommeliers who are amply up to the prize ".
Much more about Rafael Sandoval
He has also participated in various calls for improvement in major European wine regions like France and Italy. Day to day, It is delivered to the search for viNOS most innovative and interesting national and international market.
In 2006, received the National Award for Best Establishment in the treatment of wines granted by the Department of agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and the National Design Award for Best Restaurant Wine List awarded by the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy. Recently, in February this year, He was awarded the Prix au Sommelier Award from the International Academy of Gastronomy 2018.
With this combination of award, awards and recognitions, the Sandoval brothers mark a milestone in the history of Spanish gastronomy, culminate the generational work your restaurant and take oxygen to continue fueled experiences and expectations of customers eager to taste their cuisine, in room service and wines…Congratulations!