La Costa – El Ejido (Almería)
A self-taught cook who decided to take a more modern turn from the purely traditional cuisine of the family restaurant, José Álvarez learned the profession from the many cooks who have collaborated with him over the years. He took note of all the best aspects and now applies what he learned to his own style of gastronomy. His restaurant, La Costa, located in El Ejido (province of Almería) continues to carry the Michelin star earned in 2006, the oldest one in Andalusia. His maxim is to use only the best locally-sourced products, whether from the sea or the local greenhouses.