Every November, with much anticipation and fanfare, the Michelin Guide announces its updated list with what is widely considered the authoritative voice on the world’s best restaurants. With ideal growing conditions and plentiful produce, Michelin stars in Andalusia have been ascendant over the past decade as the gastronomy of the region gains more and more clout and world renown. It’s no coincidence that a majority of these restaurants sit near the Mediterranean Sea, where the bounty is even greater than that by land, and many of them have earned their fame with a focus on the specialties therein.

Andalusia now boasts an impressive 22 stars in all. That’s twice as many as the region was awarded only four years ago, and the province of Malaga is leading the charge with a new total of 10 stars, including Spain’s only newly awarded three star accolade, the highest awarded, to Dani Garcia in Marbella. Angel Leon earned Andalusia’s first three star award just last year with his restaurant Aponiente in Cadiz. He has a second establishment nearby that also earned a star last year, making him Andalusia’s most lauded chef.

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