The gourmet Ikaro restaurant, in Logroño, in northern Spain, which today (November21, 2018) achieved a Michelin star and whose front are Iñaki Murua and Carolina Sánchez, could be said to merge “three-party stoves”, in which combines the cuisine of Álava, La Rioja and Ecuador.
Those responsible for the Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal 2019, whose result was announced today at a gala in Lisbon, awarded the star to Ikaro for his”modern vision of La Rioja gastronomy”.
Ikaro,in a note, detailed today that Murua, of Basque origin and of 29 years; and Sanchez, 33 and from Ecuador, who define themselves as “brave, determined and enterprising”, are united by their culinary passion and in April 2017fulfilled their “dream” of opening a restaurant.
“Ourkitchen is personal, we cook my land, Álava, your land, Ecuador, and the kitchen where we are, La Rioja”, according to Murua, so “you could say that they are three-tier stoves, a stove that has been very well acceptedin the city, which fills us with satisfaction “.
This Michelin star, for them, is “one of the most desired awards by any che fand you always dream of getting it someday”. “We have worked very hard this year, it has been worthwhile and this award will make us continue to strive with it or even with more enthusiasm,” said Murua, 29, has become one of the youngest chefs in Spain with Michelin star and in 2016 he achieved the title of Best Chef of the Year.
Both have a large background in the kitchens and their curriculum has been formed in restaurants such as Celler Can Roja, Venta Moncalvillo and Azurmendi, all with Michelin stars. Murua and Sanchez said that they have always liked to look at great chefs and, when they thought about opening their own establishment, they knew they wanted “a haute cuisine restaurant”.
Ikaro joins Rioja establishments that already have this distinction, such as El Portal del Echaurren, in Ezcaray, which has two stars and is headed by Francis Paniego, who also owns another one by Marqués de Riscal, in El ciego (Álava) .
In addition, they already have a star La Venta de Moncalvillo, in Daroca de Rioja,with the chef Ignacio Echapresto at the head; and Kiro Susi, in Logroño,directed by Felix Jimenez. (I)