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Joan Roca

Our latest collaboration, The Macallan Masters of Taste, pairs us with world-class innovators Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca. With an exceptional commitment to their craft, it is no surprise that their restaurant El Celler de Can Roca was voted the world’s best in 2013.

Joan and Josep Roca founded the restaurant in August 1986, in Girona and Jordi Roca joined his brothers in 1998, completing the full line up that we know today. At the heart of El Celler de Can Roca is Joan Roca, the eldest of the brothers.

Sit back and join us as we meet the man behind the culinary creations...

Joan Roca, Head Chef at El Celler de Can Roca

Having been academically trained at the “Escola d’Hostaleria i Turisme” in Girona, Joan is considered one of the best and most influential chefs in the world.

Joan’s passion for cooking is unsurprising considering his family has been immersed in the restaurant trade for many generations. Having grown up around committed chefs, Joan’s love of creating innovative dishes began at a young age and over the years he has honed his craft to perfection.  Joan’s exquisite cooking combines traditional cuisine with molecular gastronomy techniques.  It is this unwavering commitment to producing new and exciting dishes that has earned Joan, along with his brothers, their distinguished reputation.

Joan’s world class culinary creations and strong work ethic placed him in a prestigious spot on the 2011 list of the ‘20 most influential chefs in the world’. This title was the latest in a string of international acknowledgments, having previously been crowned Chef of the Year by the Spanish Academy of Gastronomy.  

You’d be wrong to think that Joan’s impressive talents begin and end in the kitchen. In recent years he has published several cookbooks, including one focussed on cooking in a Roner Vacuum, a device which regulates cooking temperatures and ensures dishes retain their natural flavours. Joan co-developed the Roner vacuum with Narcís Caner and it is now an essential tool in great restaurant kitchens worldwide.

El Celler de Can Roca produces impeccable, unrivalled dishes thanks to Joan’s culinary creativity.  Signature dishes include caramelised onions presented on a bonsai tree and crayfish reloutéaccompanied with spring onions, cocoa and mint.

Is your mouth watering yet? If you’re feeling inspired, why not enjoy your dinner with a Macallan dram? Our 18 Years Old pairs perfectly with a sweet dessert while our 15 Years Old Fine Oak is the ideal accompaniment to a fish dish.

The Masters of Taste Ultimate Dinners will play host to Joan’s culinary creativity. Along with Josep and Jordi, Joan will partner with The Macallan to break down classic perceptions of food pairing and enter into a new, awe-inspiring world of taste and flavour.

The dinners are open to a very limited number of people globally. To find out more and to book your place, please visit: http://shop.themacallan.com/el-celler-de-can-roca-2.

 

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Maple syrup and crushed ice will add sweetness to our #CrowdSourcedCocktail - thank you for all of your votes https://t.co/HFCsqqRRn4

29 Jul 16
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Get ready to take our 12 year old whiskies to the next level with @DarylHaldane and @Taske1 #MacallanAmplified https://t.co/Geui88uY2k

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Details make all the difference; vote for your final addition #CrowdSourcedCocktail #twitterpoll https://t.co/uwdaHVxkQ9

26 Jul 16
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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Final round, this serve is looking good - what should top it off?

25 Jul 16
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Fresh mint is the clear favourite for our #CrowdSourcedCocktail. Next week...garnishes https://t.co/99yxrt4vyX

22 Jul 16
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Basil or mint? What will you add to our #CrowdSourcedCocktail? Vote in the pinned #twitterpoll on our profile https://t.co/RJYXREjYLd

20 Jul 16
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19 Jul 16
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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Round three, let's add a little twist to this serve

18 Jul 16
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The choice is made! It is the 15mls of olorosso sherry that goes into our #CrowdSourcedCocktail https://t.co/6huwQ8zq4M

15 Jul 16
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Sweet vermouth or olorosso sherry? Choose your favourite in our pinned #twitterpoll #CrowdSourcedCocktail https://t.co/loQfjeAHp7

14 Jul 16
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Over Silent Season distillery staff are given a break. Asked if this applies to social media team, no answer yet... https://t.co/2KR7lMluWJ

13 Jul 16
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Shhh...it's Silent Season at our distillery until July 26 to allow for maintenance and give our team a break https://t.co/y5gSN9SE4w

12 Jul 16
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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Round two, time to choose what joins Fine Oak 12 Year Old in the glass

11 Jul 16
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#CrowdSourcedCocktail round one is over, Old Fashioned glass won. Check on Monday as we continue to build our serve https://t.co/bSATT16MHC

08 Jul 16
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Have you voted in our #CrowdSourcedCocktail poll yet? Head to the pinned tweet on our channel to choose glassware

07 Jul 16
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06 Jul 16
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#CrowdSourcedCocktail - Round one, time to choose your glassware

05 Jul 16
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The lighter style of The Macallan Fine Oak 12 y/o makes it a versatile whisky. Say hello to #CrowdSourcedCocktail https://t.co/Nis6LWGnE7

04 Jul 16
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Three culinary innovators, one extraordinary whisky. Take a look at our #IntoTheRare event hosted at @CanRocaCeller https://t.co/AVIeRDTjGO

04 Jul 16
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#Whisky lovers - we all like it neat but what's your classic #scotch cocktail of choice?

29 Jun 16

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