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Joan Roca
by Benedict Baker

Head Chef of the highly acclaimed El Cellar de Can Roca and eldest of the three Roca brothers, Joan Roca tells us why he’s the fastest chef on two wheels…

Your earliest food memory

The smell of the soups from the family restaurant’s kitchen on my way home from school.

Your favourite cookbook

On Food and Cooking by H. McGee.

Your favourite place to eat

Els Casals in Sagàs (Barcelona)

Your guilty pleasure

Driving my motorbike at speed.

Your secret ingredient


What excites you about food right now

Discovering dishes from faraway countries that I still don’t know.

What food trend you’d like to see die out

The junk food that children consume that is increasing the rates of childhood obesity.

The next big thing in food

The greatest thing would be if we were capable of ending hunger in the world.

What’s next for you

In our case, we will be paying closer attention to locally sourced products.

One piece of advice

Be committed to quality, authenticity, hospitality and generosity.

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