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Jordi Cruz
The Tenacious Chef

(El cocinero tenaz)

Business & Economics / Commercial Non-Fiction

  • Published: 04/06/2015
  • ISBN: 9788416029471
  • 160 pages

Looking back at 23 years in the profession, with a pinch of personal biography and a heap of success: Michelin stars, television, fame. What does it all mean? How do you define success? What advice would you give to a 14-year-old wanting to get into the field now, or someone just getting out of cooking school, or a young person who wants to start his own business?

About the author

SPAIN – Jordi Cruz (Manresa, 1978) is a Spanish chef. He received his first Michelin star in November 2004 at 26 years old, making him the youngest chef in Spain and the second youngest worldwide to earn that distinction. From that point on, his reputation only grew, earning 3 more Michelin stars and many other awards.


He is currently a member of the jury on the MasterChef España television program, along with Samantha Vallejo-Nágera y Pepe Rodríguez. Appearing on this show has made him a celebrity, appearing in living rooms throughout Spain. Before being chosen for the Spanish version, he was a participant on MasterChef Poland, whose finale took place in the kitchens of the ABaC restaurant, where he is the chef.


Otros libros: Cocina con lógica. Técnica y conceptos en la cocina del Estany Clar; Sí, chef. Las recetas de los jueces; Grandes platos para todos los días, El cocinero tenaz and Cocina en casa como un chef


Awards: Spanish Haute Cuisine Championship for Young Chefs (San Sebastián, 2002), the International Cooking with Jaén Olive Oil Prize (2003), and the Spanish Championship for Young Values (Marbella, 2003).  Champion of the first edition of the Chef of the Year Contest (CCA), an event in which he is now vice president of the jury (along with chef Martin Berasategui). In May 2010, he took the reigns at the ABaC Restaurant & Hotel, earning it two stars in the prestigious Michelin guide.