The chef, Joel Serra Bevin grew up in New Zealand and Australia where he founded Australia’s first hidden restaurant and appeared on Masterchef, his food being described as “fashionable Spain” and “the modern tapas that Spain is crying out for.” He returned to Catalonia in 2009 to follow in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Papa Serra, whose legendary allioli, ajo blanco and leche merengada formed the basis of his first food memories.
Calling Barcelona home, Joel runs Culinary Adventures in Barcelona, where he combines history, culture, food and wine, and ensures that participants leave with a memorable experience, and also with a sense of having met Papa Serra, a true Catalan legend.
Joel invites you to engage all your senses as you tour Barcelona’s best food markets including the world-renowned La Boqueria and haggle with the Catalan stallholders for the freshest seasonal vegetables from the fields of Andalucia, the creamiest Spanish cheeses, seafood direct from the Mediterranean, Spain’s best Jamón ibérico, oranges from Sevilla and almonds from the hills of Catalonia.
He then leads you to a secret cooking space, located next to La Boqueria, where the you will learn how to transform the market ingredients into traditional and modern Spanish dishes - inspired by Papa Serra. The chef makes a point of avoiding the Spanish clichés that fill the tourist traps of Barcelona – “You won’t find scripted paella or greasy patatas bravas here – just modern, fresh and simply delicious food from the world’s most amazing cuisine.”
And finally, Joel will ensure you enjoy the fruits of your hard work over plentiful Cava – Spain’s answer to champagne, a selection of Spanish wines including Tempranillo, Garancha, Syrah and Mazuelo, and Catalan Vichy – the world’s best mineral water.
Or why not let the chef design a customised adventure for you based on your availability, preferences and budget? Whether you want to grill fish over coals as the sea breeze blows across the best beaches in Barcelona, dip into Spain’s famous cold soups as you sit atop Barcelona’s surrounding mountains, or learn to make a delicious Catalan Coca as you marvel at the brilliance of Gaudi. Whatever your food dream – let Papa Serra Jr. bring it to life next time you are in Barcelona.
"The culinary traditions of Spain and Catalonia are some of the strongest around the world, unfortunately most tourists leave this amazing city having only tried the predictable dishes for which Spain is famous. I want to show people just how incredible both traditional and modern Spanish food can be. I want Culinary Adventures in Barcelona to be the highlight of your next holiday!"
Come on a Culinary Adventure in Barcelona and see why Papa Serra called this place home.