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Sunday, 6 April 2014


Since David Muñoz (Madrid, 1980) opened with his girlfriend Angela Montero a small restaurant in Madrid Tetuán district in April 2007 (though recently has moved to NH Eurobuilding Hotel, in Padre Damián street), he has had a great career, which has been recently awarded with the 3rd Michelin star for DiverXO restaurant, due to an outstanding creativity, which fills the kitchen with aromas, flavours and delicate textures.

chilly crab
Korean spaghetti bolognese
sandwich Club
Ganori sea urchin with mountain caviar
At 33 David Muñoz has become the chef of the year. Criticism has rendered to the chefs and their feet. And his big "secret" is "originality". Someone said of him that he paints food on the plates as Bansky paints the walls in the streets.

David Muñoz represents a risky bet cuisine that fuses motley recipes laden with cultural references. But the chef and owner of DiverXO also embodies the incipient inexperienced entrepreneur, overtaken by events, overworked and uneconomical view. "As a chef, I would do things I could not as a businessman", the young chef sums up.

In its first week of life, DiverXO filled with family and friends. With their savings obtained from the sale of his flat,  Muñoz newly arrived with her partner working in London, opened this small restaurante, after nine months of work and billions of problems. They were even about to give up.

But within a month DiverXO began to fill and build up a long waiting list. Muñoz had the merit to edit the original fusion cuisine, when this formula seemed reviled by the strange mix of the coolest restaurants. He describes his culinary formula as “powerful flavors and with gypsy-oriental influences".

With a team of 9 people, David and Angela lead the everyday DiverXO. They serve an average of between 18 and 20 clients per service, between 36 and 40 a day, which let them reach the point to cover expenses. He said in an interview that to go on holiday to China last year he had to request a loan that will pay for months.

DiverXO also represents the restaurant that defies crisis. In recent months, for dinner on the weekend, you had to book with no less than four months in advance. Today is full, but he does not forget their own economic clouds.

Muñoz says that in DiverXO everyone has to feel free and at ease, that is why in the restaurante pigs have wings and the cook wear a crest.

Prince Philip and Princess Letizia celebrated their
last wedding anniversary at DiverXO
And if you have not tried the food in DiverXO because you can not make a booking for months, don’t despair because David Muñoz is also the creator of StreetXO, a fun bar that has a room at Gourmet Experience of El Corte Ingles Plaza del Callao department store. His team of 28 people are all “mileuristas” (people whose salary is not higher than 1000 euros), including himself and his wife. It is not uncommon to see him there cooking on Sunday and Monday.

The formula will replicate in this spring of 2014 in the heart of London 's Mayfair, where it will open a new StreetXO in May. In 2015 another in New York will be opened and another one in Singapore in 2016.

With three Michelin stars and a National Gastronomy Award, he has also being named the new "image" of Madrid over this year, in major tourist events in the world, such as tourism fairs in London, New York or Berlin.

The Michelin guide says that if a restaurant has 3 stars it is because it  has to deserve a trip and I'm sure DiverXO deserve more than that trip ( although personally I have not had a chance yet to check it by a simple matter of money! ) .

"If you have a dream you have to chase it. 
If you want it, you can do it".


Sunday, 23 February 2014


In a national final consisting of five artists, the Spanish public and the jury elected to send Ruth Lorenzo to Copenhagen with the song “Dancing in the Rain”, a nice and dramatic ballad, sung both in Spanish and English.

Ruth Lorenzo Pascual, better known as Ruth Lorenzo, was born on November 10, 1982 in Murcia, a south-eastern region of Spain. At a very young age she became a fan of the musical Annie and although she had no idea of what the words meant she would sing along to the songs in English. When she was six years old she discovered music by Montserrat Caballé, a Catalan opera singer, and after her mother bought her an album by Caballé, Lorenzo began to sing opera, imitating Caballé's vocals until she was pitch perfect. 

At the age of 12, Lorenzo's family moved to America and this was the first time she had the opportunity to be involved in music at school. After much encouragement from her teachers, Lorenzo was entered into competitions and played lead roles in musical productions such as "The Phantom of the Opera" and "My Fair Lady".

When Lorenzo turned 16 the family returned to Spain and although having had singing lessons by this time, she had to cancel these lessons due to family financial difficulty and as a result Lorenzo gave up on her dream of becoming a recording artist.

When Lorenzo was 19 she joined a rock band, which was a challenge for her as she had only sung opera music. In 2002, she auditioned for the second series of Operación Triunfo, the Spanish version of  Star Academy, where she was rejected in the first rounds of auditions. She also made a big decision to quit her job in her family's business in order to pursue her dreams once again, but after three years of touring around Spain the group decided to split up. Ruth landed a contract at Polaris World where as well as performing, she worked as a PR consultant.

In 2008, Lorenzo auditioned for the fifth series of The X Factor in front of judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh. There, she impressed the judges with her performing such as “A natural woman”, “True colors”, “Take my breath away”, “I just can’t stop loving you”, “Knockin’on Heavens Door”, “Purple rain” and “Always”.

Lorenzo performed at gigs across the UK and Ireland in December 2008 and January 2009, and at the Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards.

She has worked with Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, Carlos Santana and Danii Minogue, for whom she had been writing several songs as “Because you are beautiful”. And also has written songs for the Spanish group Auryn.

And finally, last January she was selected as one of the five candidates to represent Spain at the 2014 Eurovision song contest on 10th May, after rejecting the proposal to represent the United Kingdom. The song “Dancing in the rain” was released on February 18 and quickly it became number one on iTunes Spain

Now we will have to wait for the Eurovision contest to take place in Copenhaguen and to wish Ruth all the best luck for this young woman whose favourite Disney character is The little Seamaid, not because she is looking for love but because she is looking for freedom.

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