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Josep Roca

Last time we welcomed you into the El Celler de Can Roca kitchen to meet the master at the heart of the culinary creations, Joan Roca. Today join us as we delve into the cellar to meet Josep Roca...

The sommelier behind the restaurant voted the world’s best in 2013, Josep founded the restaurant with his brother Joan and combined their knowledge and craft with the youngest of the brothers, Jordi Roca to create the talented trio we know today.

Grab a dram and join us as we meet the ‘wine waiter’ of the trio...

Josep Roca, Sommelier of El Celler de Can Roca

Schooled at the “Escola d’Hostaleria i Turisme” in Girona, the ‘wine waiter’ of the group is using his creativity to bring the worlds of whisky and craft cuisine together to create something completely unique.

As one third of the renowned Roca brothers Josep runs The Cellar, famous for its 60,000 bottles of wine which stem across five branches: Riesling, Champagne, Burgundy, Sherry and Priorat.

Josep has always embraced innovation while staying true to his roots and these grounded values have made him a favourite with many across the world. In 2011, he was awarded the Medal of Touristic Merit, granted by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. He was also named Best Sommelier for National Gastronomy in 2010 and has a number of other accolades to his name.

When he isn’t in The Celler, Josep devotes significant time to education, teaching courses for sommeliers at the University of Girona and the “Escola d’Hostaleria”. As well as this, Josep teaches Gastronomy and Oenology at the University of Girona, Faculty of Tourism.  As if he wasn’t busy enough, Josep is also consultant and expert on the popular Catalonia TV programme “En Clau de vi”.

Josep’s supreme craftsmanship has helped El Celler de Can Roca to become one of the best restaurants in the world. In November, Josep and his brothers will pair The Macallan drams with unrivalled dishes.

Fancy a Macallan dram? Why not take a leaf out of the Roca brothers’ book and pair a dram with your dinner tonight. The Macallan Amber is the perfect accompaniment for a seafood dish, such as scallops while our Macallan Ruby is the ideal pairing for a sweet dish like Cambridge tart with winter fruit compote.

You can see Josep and his brothers in action at the Ultimate Dinner. The partnership will capture the best of the essences of The Macallan and El Celler de Can Roca, giving Josep and his brothers an opportunity to connect with a new audience and explore a new 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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Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno's face when asked if the social media team could have a decanter of #PeerlessSpirit https://t.co/etRpSIQKZC

25 May 16
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Marc Larminaux of #Lalique shares the design inspiration for the #PeerlessSpirit decanter https://t.co/aVPFcAZVco

24 May 16
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Today, we’re celebrating @WorldWhiskyDay, or as we call it ‘Saturday' https://t.co/5BPeBc6ik4

21 May 16
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We’re in Amsterdam for this week’s #TheToast. Over to Boudewijn Mesritz of @talesandspirits… HT @imperiacocktail https://t.co/adtvOsyASW

20 May 16
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We’re in Amsterdam for this week’s #TheToast. Over to Boudewijn Mesritz of @talesandspirits… HT @imperialcocktailbar https://t.co/ri3sZJVS8N

20 May 16
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All six decanters from The #Macallan in #Lalique Six Pillars Collection #whiskygoals https://t.co/VosjplPuX5

18 May 16
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At 65 years old, The #Macallan housed in the #PeerlessSpirit decanter is one of the oldest we have ever released https://t.co/s8Xfkjkvqi

17 May 16
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Here it is, #PeerlessSpirit, the final chapter in the story of The #Macallan in #Lalique Six Pillars Collection https://t.co/ES0DkNnqk0

16 May 16
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The final illustration from @chidywayne – a bold interpretation of Fine Oak 15 https://t.co/nqBNZZ6Uow

15 May 16
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Share your stories of Easter Elchies with us. #Macallan in #Lalique 62 years old was an homage to our spiritual home https://t.co/YawbcVKTI0

12 May 16
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The best looking 60 year old on #Speyside, all thanks to our copper stills #Lalique https://t.co/wkdE9J0MSH

11 May 16
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#Macallan in #Lalique 57 years old, testament to our belief in using only the finest cut of the final distillation https://t.co/pHMqLbrzsH

10 May 16
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Another incredible collection, this time from @tonightsdram over on Instagram - use #MyMacallan to tag your own https://t.co/vHTNJ8hwAk

09 May 16
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The greatest example of our obsession with natural colour, The #Macallan in #Lalique 55 years old https://t.co/7vgGFqcGsX

06 May 16
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Do any of our fans remember the release of The #Macallan in #Lalique 50 years old back in 2005? https://t.co/J2XqMtO3M8

04 May 16

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