When developing #TastingNotes for LuxeGetaways, we love to let readers know the latest happenings within the culinary world. From Sardón de Duero, Spain, we have word that the Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, an exclusive hotel located in a restored 12th century abbey surrounded by their estate vineyards in Spain’s Duero wine-growing region, has named Marc Segarra Sauné the five-star property’s Executive Chef.
Chef Segarra has developed a broad range of skills and experience working with top chefs in a number of acclaimed and Michelin-starred restaurants across the Spain. He will be running LeDomaine’s Refectorio, the hotel’s One Michelin Star restaurant, the Vinoteca wine cellar‘s tapas and small plates, and Jardin del Claustro, the hotel’s summer restaurant and catering arm for weddings and gala events. Most interesting to oneophiles; Chef Segarra has developed signature menus that are paired with the award-winning wines produced on the Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine estate.
“Chef Segarra’s career and talents have seen a meteoric rise over the past decade as he has collaborated with a series of Spain’s star chefs in the kitchens of their award-winning restaurants,” said Andrés Araya, Managing Director of Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine. “He brings a breadth of culinary knowledge, and a fountain of creativity, to our food and beverage operations at LeDomaine that bodes well for earning our second Michelin star in the near future.”
And we at LuxeGetaways know he will do it with credentials like these: Chef Segarra comes to LeDomaine from Hotel Torralbenc, on the Spanish island of Menorca, where he was the Assistant Chef to Executive Chef Paco Morale; was chef under Executive Chef Rodrigo de la Calle at his Villa Magna restaurant in Madrid; chef at Chef Joan Roca’s Three Michelin Star El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain; chef at One Michelin Star Restaurante Rodrigo de la Calle en Aranjuez in Madrid; chef at Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz’s internationally celebrated Two Michelin Star Mugaritz restaurant in Errenteria, Spain; pastry chef at Chef Josean Martinez Alija‘s One Michelin Star Restaurante Nerua in Bilbao, Spain; and chef at One Michelin Star Restaurante Tierra, in Oropesa de Toledo, Spain.
Chef Segarra’s new menus are sophisticated and artistic, designed to inspire and tantalize the savvy palate. For inspiration, he didn’t have to look farther than the vineyard and the seasonal offerings produced in the local Duero region, the province of Castille y León and across Spain. Share some menu highlights, you ask? Braised Sunchoke and Chestnuts, T-Bone Steak Tartare with Bone-Marrow, Ginger Cream and Black Beer Toffee, Black Truffle, Seasonal Fish with “Ibéricos” Saffron Juice, Partridge Breast and Seed Stew, and Raisin with “Palo Cortado” Cream, Chicory and Cocoa are just a few.
“I’ve had the privilege to work with master chefs who have put Spain on the culinary map of the world, preparing me to take the reins of the kitchen of the country’s top hotel,” said Chef Segarra. “I’m thrilled by the opportunity that I have here to let my creativity flower, and elevate the dining experience to the next level.”
The hotel Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine can be called a grand luxury experience, with its completely resorted historic abbey, dating from 1146 set within a 1,730-acre medieval estate– earning the property a Europa Nostra Award from the European Union for conserving cultural heritage. LeDomaine was the country’s first hotel to offer a complete butler service and the first Spanish establishment to be included in the prestigious Relais Châteaux guide. Just two years after opening, in 2014, the hotel’s Refectorio restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star. In 2015, the hotel completed the conversion of the original stables into eight new guest rooms and Santuario LeDomaine Wellness & Spa. In 2016, LeDomaine was named the #1 hotel in Spain by both TripAdvisor and the Spanish magazine Club de Gourmets. For LuxeGetaways readers who have a passion to “travel in style” and love beautiful food and wine, this is it.
Ready to schedule your own visit to this intriguing getaway? Visit: www.ledomaine.es