Michelin-starred chefs create haute food court in Madrid

A trio of Michelin-starred chefs in Spain has teamed up to open a gourmet food court in a major department store in Madrid.

The project is led by Spanish celebrity chefs David Munoz of DiverXO, Roberto Ruiz of Punto MX and Jordi Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, which topped the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year.

According to Bloomberg, the chefs -- who have seven Michelin stars between them -- have opened gourmet counters on the seventh-floor of the El Corte Ingles department store that include a Spanish street food themed-eatery by Munoz, an ice cream bar by pastry chef Roca, and a Mexican counter by Ruiz, adds Gastroeconomy.

In addition to signaling an uptick and confidence in the Spanish economy, the haute food court is described as a way to offer affordable fine dining gastronomy to the masses.

Over the last few years Michelin-starred chefs have been looking for ways to make their cuisine more affordable and accessible.

The most starred chef in the world, Joel Robuchon, teamed up with French brand Fleury Michon to create a line of ready-to-eat meals that are available in grocery store shelves across France.

Likewise, British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has a line of ready-made meals and gourmet products in a partnership with upmarket British retailer Waitrose.