Navarra, winner of the Iron Chef de Miniature pintxo competition
"Descalabrau" is the winning pintxo created by the team from Navarra in the Miniature Iron Chef team pintxo competition, which was held at the Vitoria-Gasteiz pintxo congress, at the Palacio Europa in the capital of Alava. The team was made up of Juan Flamarique (Le Petit Comité-Pamplona), Sergio Lerga and Lorenzo Arejula (La Vieja Iruña-Pamplona) and Goiza Isiegas (Akari-Pamplona).
Miniature Iron Chef is a competition in which teams compete on the basis of the delivery of surprise products for the preparation of two newly created pintxos, which form part of a menu of pintxos offered in four restaurants in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The diners at these dinners are the ones who choose the pintxo with which each team must compete in the final, held at the Europa Conference Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The winning pintxo was "Descalabrau", which imitates a wooden trunk with the fallen autumn leaves and the frost of the mountain. It is a base filled with a chuck stew, cream cheese and grilled pepper gel, with a silver sheen simulating the frost and slices of pepper.
The Alava team was made up of Maikel de Santos (Kea-Vitoria-Gasteiz), Jon Estívariz (Atabaka-OroAtabaka-Oro) and Mikel Fiestras (La Regadera-Vitoria-Gasteiz) and they presented their pintxo "Al tun tun".
The team from Gipuzkoa was made up of Carlos Nuez, George Brezeanu (Ramuntxo Berri-Donostia-San Sebastián) and Sabri Ben-Ayyad (El Pescaíto de la Bahía de Cádiz-Donostia-San Sebastián) and they presented their pintxo "Goxua de carrillera".
And the team from Bizkaia formed by Iñaki Lazkano (Sorginzulo-Bilbao), Iñigo and Koldo Kortabitarte (Kobika-Durango) and Iker Carrillo (Víctor Montes-Bilbao) presented their pintxo "Iron Burger".
The jury for this culinary competition was made up of Aaron Ortíz from the Kabo restaurant in Pamplona, Carmen Cuesta from Dinastía Vivanco, Féix Manso from the restaurant of the same name in Irun, David Rodríguez from Danako in Irun and Itoiz Urreta from Qbosq in Vitoria-Gasteiz.