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Chef Rob Curley, a native of Dublin and currently living and working in Ballymena, has strong Kerry connections. His Slemish Market Supper Club pop up won Best Emerging Irish Cuisine at the Irish Restaurants Awards 2018. Rob has represented NI at Miniature Pintxo expo March 2018 and Ireland at the World Tapas Championship in Spain in 2018. He is also a coordinator of the All Ireland Tapas & Pintxo Championships 2019.
Juancar Ayerbe Goitia
Juancar Ayerbe Goitia is responsible for the most significant pintxo events in Euskadi, organized by Showcooking.Info (www.showcooking.info)
Director of the Amstel Gold Pintxos Championship · Euskal Herriko (Euskadi & Navarra) Pintxo Txapelketa (www.campeonatodepintxos.com) which is held annually at the Kursaal Palace; it is in front of the Pintxo Week of Álava (www.semanadelpintxodealava.com) and the Bizkaia de Pintxos Championship (www.campeonatodebizkaiadepintxos.com)
Since 2019, with the aim of promoting traditional pintxos, undoubtedly one of the most powerful images of Basque gastronomy and an absolutely genuine formula of this region, it has also launched and develops the Traditional Pintxos Championship of Euskadi and Navarra. Slow Mass MUM (www.campeonatodepintxostradicionales.com).
He is also the technical coordinator of Miniature Pintxos Congress (www.miniature.eus), the congress of miniature cuisine, pintxos and tapas; who has his annual appointment at the Europa Congress Center in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Also, with Showcooking.Info develops various gastronomic initiatives around pintxos and tapas in the field of training, private and personalized events such as gastronomic dinners and madirajes, driven by the brand www.pintxosexperience.com
He is a training journalist, having been linked to the world of communication for 30 years.
At the same time , he has always been linked to the world of hospitality, cuisine and gastronomy; both for their family and professional ties.
Cofounder and director of marketing and communication of «Chef Gestion». Director of digital magazine «Actual Gastro». Organiser of Congress «Gastro Experiencias Extremadura». A lover of gastronomy,travel and new technology.
Pascal Etcheverria is currently the executive chef of the Restaurant Le Carré in the Hotel Villa Koegui in Bayonne (France). He has a long professional career in different Michelin-starred restaurants. Winner of the third edition of the World Tapas Championship of Valladolid.
His great school has been the cuisine of Martín Berasategui in Lasarte (3* Michelin) and other restaurants of the group. Next, he worked in Mugaritz, Bodegón Alejandro and Kursal. In Medievo he began as head chef and was followed by Danontzat, Hotel Urdanibia, Ibarlako Olagorri and at the San Marcial restaurant. Currently, he has the Danako restaurant in Irun with his wife. Among the multiple awards that have to discount the first prize of the pintxos championship of euskal herria (basque country)..2019
Carlos owner of waska restaurant and best traditional tapa in national championship in Valladolid 2019.
Award winning, creative chef, strives for top culinary performance and high quality food production using the finest gourmet
Qualifications include: Over ten years of mastery in different styles of cooking, Basque cuisine, creative and traditional cuisine, expertise in techniques and
seasoning of dishes.
20 April | Open championship dinner
Open championship dinner at Sol y sombra tapas restaurant Killorglin Co. Kerry
10 tapas tasting menu
Pascal Echeverría ( Bayonne) France “ world tapas champion 2019”
David & Naiara ( Danako, Irun) Spain “Basque Country champion 2019”
Carlos Davalos ( waska , Vitoria Gasteiz) Spain “Best traditional Spanish tapa 2019 Valladolid “
Robert Curley ( slemish Market supper club) “Irish tapas champion 2018”
Gorka Arrieta ( sol y sombra tapas bar , head chef) sua basque fusion and team Ireland
21 April | Competition | SUA Pop Up
Start of competition at 10 am , IT Tralee auditorium
2 rounds of competitors , 6 chefs each round
6:30 pm SUA Pop Up @ IT Tralee
( Gorka Arrieta, Eddie Attwell & Louise Brosnan )
6 course tasting menu of best seasonal kerry produce alongside students of IT Tralee
22 April | Competition | Biggest Pintxo bar in Ireland
Final day of competition, 6 chefs each round
7 pm Ashe hotel Tralee
Biggest Pintxo bar in Ireland
All Ireland tapas champion will be announced
Raffle of prices and night of FIESTA
24 April | Closing of tapas championship in Dublin | Spanish Wine Week
Closing of tapas championship in Dublin
Paella and co. Restaurant D2
Celebration of Spanish Wine Week
resume of the first edition