Chef (Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, 1972)
Tomeu Caldentey's cuisine, that can be enjoyed in his restaurant Es Molí d'en Bou, is based on traditional Mallorcan cookery, which he personalises by combining it with influences from other cultures.
The chef from Sant Llorenç is the first Mallorcan to be awarded with the Michelin star – a recognition granted by the most prestigious and oldest hotel and restaurant guide in the world – a distinction which only five restaurants in the whole of Mallorca possess. Caldentey combines his work as chef with the job of lecturer in catering at the University of the Balearic Islands.
In love with his native island, where he has always lived, Tomeu Caldentey appears to be very interested in finding possible ways to promote our culture abroad. He thinks that Mallorcan cuisine is healthy, rich and varied, but which needs promoting in order to be appreciated as it should. “We Mallorcans ourselves should be the first to learn to appreciate our own things”, he says with conviction.