Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein: Madrid Is All About The Gastronomy

You may recognize James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein from her appearances as a regular guest judge on the Emmy-winning Top Chef. Socialite Life asked her to give us the low down on the best places to eat around the globe. Today, she takes us to Madrid.

If I had a choice of anywhere in the world I could live, Spain would be on my top 2 list, especially Madrid. With some of the most famous art in the world, Madrid is just a spectacularly beautiful sprawling modern city. And the best part of all of course for me, as a chef and all around foodie is the gastronomy. I don’t know where to begin, well; yes I do the Jamon Serrano. Just start with pork and the rest will follow. You can get it pretty much everywhere but please, try the Pata Negra (a fattier form of the ham that melts in your mouth like toro tuna).

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Spanish people probably eat out more than anywhere else in Europe;
there is a huge amount of competition so almost all the food is good.
Spaniards eat late, so rest up. Dinner starts at about 10pm, actually
that is pretty early for them, I’m telling you they are partiers. You
have to start your evening having tapas and cocktails. Go to Bodega de la Ardosa,
an old tapas bar from the late 1800’s famous for its huge beer
selection, great pictures of visiting celebrities all over their walls
and the best tortilla Espanola (Spanish omelet filled with creamy
potatoes) or Salmorejo (my favorite chilled thick tomato soup with Jamon
Serrano and eggs).

Then go to Casa Salvador,
known for its famous clientele. From Grace Kelly to Hemingway, this
historic restaurant is visited by old and young. Leave room for their
delicious hearty stews and soups.

Finally, my favorite restaurant that I hold dear to my heart is La Broche.

Angel Palacios, the chef and director opened La Broche in Miami and
people just weren’t ready for it; so he is back in Madrid with a
vengeance. He’s not just a chef; Angel is an artist, so young and
talented. Make sure you have a tasting menu so you can really taste his
amazing range of flavors, textures and temperatures. Its $$$ but truly
worth an unforgettable experience. Tell him I sent you.

Try this recipe to bring the taste of Madrid home.