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Joan Roca 'won't repeat' World's Best Restaurant

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Joan Roca has said he will not be launching any more restaurants, despite various offers from the UK.

Mr Roca was speaking during an interview at The Restaurant Show on Monday (October 7th).

He is the head chef of El Celler de Can Roca, which came top of the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards previously this year. The recognition has resulted in various offers to open new operations, as well as plenty of business for the award-winning eatery.

Speaking to Big Hospitality, Mr Roca said: "In the 24 hours after winning the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, we received two million visitors to our website. Every day we receive thousands of calls from people requesting a seat in our restaurant.

"It's really put us on the map internationally … it's a great achievement for a family restaurant like ours; a reward for all of our hard work."

The news may be of interest to those in the industry, safe in the knowledge that the world's top dining location will not be competing with UK businesses any time soon. Yet local dining establishments could learn from El Celler de Can Roca's approach to cooking, kitchen equipment and traditional food values.

During the show, the Hand and Flowers in Marlow - run by chef Tom Kerridge - was named Britain's Best restaurant. It was also named gastropub of the year and, back in 2011, became the first pub to be awarded two Michelin stars.

Mr Roca claimed family values as being an important part of the success and service at the business. He originally opened it with his brother Josep in 1968, with third sibling Jordi joining the team in 2007. The head chef said he likes working with his family and would not know how to operate without them. Since there are no plans to split the restaurant's winning team up, it will stay in Gerona, up the road from their parent's Can Roca bar.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801648058-ADNFCR

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