The Best Food and Performers at Madrid Fusión 2013

From ham slicers to top chefs, Madrid Fusión has a bit of everything.

This year we were more than delighted to take part in covering the Madrid Fusión Event. For those who are curious about this meeting of the culinary minds, take a look at our best shots from the three day event! Warning – this post may make you incredibly hungry!

This year we were more than delighted to take part in covering the Madrid Fusión Event. For those who are curious about this meeting of the culinary minds, take a look at our best shots from the three day event! Warning - this may make you incredibly hungry!

What is Madrid Fusión?

First, we’ll quickly explain what exactly Madrid Fusión is – not to be confused with the complementary Madrid Gastrofestival which also takes places in the city. Madrid Fusión is basically a gastronomic summit for some of the best chefs in Spain, Europe, and the world to present their ideas and keep up on cutting edge techniques and trends in the worldwide food scene. It is also a food fair in which different brands present their gourmet products to chefs, possible buyers and exporters, and the other attendees (such as ourselves!).

As one of the most prestigious and internationally recognized gastronomic summits in the world (especially for avant garde cuisine) we were thrilled to get access to the event, and hope you enjoy what we have to share!

An expert ham slicer proudly shows off a slice of thinly cut Los Pedroches Iberian ham from Córdoba

The Tapas 

A sweet pumpkin mousse atop a wafer cookie, later to be topped with black truffle at Madrid Fusion 2013
Empanadico de calabaza con trufa y lengua de gato – A sweet pumpkin mousse atop a wafer cookie, later to be topped with black truffle.
Sardines and sun dried tomato at Madrid Fusion 2013
Sardines and sun dried tomato.
Soft cheese on grainy bread with olive oil and a slice of black truffle at Madrid Fusion 2013
Soft cheese on grainy bread with olive oil and a slice of black truffle.
Wild salmon at Japan's small booth at Madrid Fusion 2013
Wild salmon at Japan’s small booth.
Tuna belly over something sweet with balsamic reduction at Madrid Fusion 2013
Tuna belly over something sweet with balsamic reduction.
Typical nuts and cheeses from Minas Gerais, Brazil at Madrid Fusion 2013
Typical nuts and cheeses from Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Ceviche at the ever popular Peru booth at Madrid Fusion 2013
Ceviche at the ever popular Peru booth.
Mini arepas at the Colombia booth at Madrid fusion 2013
Mini arepas at the Colombia booth.

The Performers

The mozzarella making process seen at Madrid Fusion 2013
Mozzarella man! And his spectacular creation?
Stretched out fresh mozzarella topped with proscuitto, arugula, creamy mozzarella, and tomato jelly. Rolled and cut into pinwheels at Madrid Fusion 2013
Stretched out fresh mozzarella topped with proscuitto, arugula, creamy mozzarella, and tomato jelly. Rolled and cut into pinwheels– genius!
Madrid Fusion 2013 saw la venencia sherry pour from a sherry expert
Sherry man!
La venencia Madrid Fusion
Pouring away with his long “venencia”.
The cocktail man as part of the Peru stand at Madrid Fusion
And finally, the cocktail man!
Preparing cocktail after cocktail with Peruvian Pisco at Madrid Fusion
Preparing cocktail after cocktail with Peruvian Pisco.

The Top Chefs

Bacalao estofado con sabor a jabalí (Stewed cod that should have the flavor of wild boar!) By David Muñoz
Bacalao estofado con sabor a jabalí (Stewed cod that should have the flavor of wild boar!) By David Muñoz
Mariquitas en Flor (Ladybugs in Bloom), a “photoplate” made with licorice and white chocolate by Elena Azark
Tarta de zanahoria (Carrot Cake) by Dani García at Madrid Fusion
Tarta de zanahoria (Carrot Cake) by Dani García
Pork belly, clams, fried potatoes, and glazed carrots and cauliflower by George Mendes at Madrid Fusion
Pork belly, clams, fried potatoes, and glazed carrots and cauliflower by George Mendes

Coffee and Dessert

Perfectly filtered Colombian coffee.
Delicious Argentine alfajores at Madrid Fusion 2013
Delicious Argentine alfajores
Caramel covered marzipan “Huesca style chestnuts” Macarons, with truffle? Not sure if this is sweet or savory…

Overall, Madrid Fusión was a really fun experience, filled with great food and interesting ideas. Each year a new batch of incredible creative chefs present their best food at the festival. For information on this year’s festival, check out the Madrid Fusión website.

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4 Comment

  1. Lisa says
    January 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Wow! Am I allowed to answer “all of them are my favorite” !!
    Fantastic pictures … my mouth is watering.
    How many did you taste? Which was the best, in your opinion?
    Looking forward to visiting Madrid 🙂

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  2. February 1, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Amazing photos…would have loved to have been there! Next year!

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  3. Molly says
    February 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Love the Ladybirds. Licorice and chocalate.Wow. My favourite cake in the whole word is Carrot cake. But a carrot cake made by Dani Garcia. That is just off the scale! thanks for sharing these great photos.

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  4. Maya says
    February 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    What glorious images! Thank you for sharing, it’s easy for people to dismiss Spanish food as relatively unadventurous – but quality beats gimmicks every time and this all looks wonderful

    Reply

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