Blancpain begins 2018 with Martín Berasategui as a new friend of the brand

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Blancpain proudly welcomes Spanish eight-time Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui as a friend of the brand, joining a roster notably featuring Joël Robuchon, Claude Bosi, and Dani García.

The links between Blancpain, the art of living and fine dining spring from the deeply held conviction that there is a close bond between these worlds and traditional watchmaking. Each of these domains is indeed based on the essential common values including the pursuit of excellence, passionate enthusiasm, expertise, sureness of touch and meticulous craftwork. It is therefore very natural for Blancpain to nurture special relationships with the greatest multi-starred chefs. For all these reasons, Blancpain is proud to welcome Spanish eight-time Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui as a friend of the brand. He is joining a roster that includes Joël Robuchon, Claude Bosi and Dani García. Martín Berasategui holds the national record for the most Michelin stars and now exercises his art with his Villeret Chronographe flyback watch strapped to his wrist, thus ensuring accurate and stylish measurement of the creative process culminating in his culinary masterpieces.
 
Martín Berasategui: from Bodegón Alejandro to his restaurant in Lasarte-Oria
 
Born in 1960, this standard-bearer of Spanish avant-garde cuisine learned to prepare popular traditional dishes at the family-run Basque Bodegón Alejandro restaurant in the historical centre of his native town of San Sebastián, where he went on to earn his first Michelin star in 1986. Meanwhile, between the ages of 15 and 27, he spent a considerable amount of time in France, learning the secrets of high-end pastry and bread-making. Having come into contact with the world of haute cuisine through working with Didier Oudil and Alain Ducasse, he began his rise to fame in 1993, with the inauguration of a restaurant alongside his wife in Lasarte-Oria, some 7 kilometres from San Sebastián, which has now earned three Michelin stars. It is one of 12 restaurants he currently directs, also including the three Michelin-starred Restaurante Lasarte located in the Monument Hotel in Barcelona, as well as the two Michelin-starred Restaurante MB in the Ritz-Carlton Abama Hotel on the island of Tenerife. His career has been marked by numerous major distinctions, and his extraordinarily creative cooking ranks him among the top figures of global gastronomy.