Jordi Cruz was born in Manresa (Barcelona) in 1978 and studied cooking at the “Escola Superior d’Hosteleria Joviat” in the same city. At 14 years old he began working in the restaurant Cercs Estany Clar (Barcelona), where he received his first Michelin star in November 2004, becoming, at 24 years, the youngest chef in our country and second in the world to receive this distinction. The strong promise he represents within the panorama of Spanish Cuisine was recognised from that moment on.
Before that, he won several awards among which are: the Young Chef’s Spanish Championship in San Sebastian in 2002; the International prize Cooking with Olive Oil from “Jaén Paraíso Interior”, made in 2003 under “Best of Gastronomy” section, also in San Sebastian, or the Championship of Spain Award for Young Values, Ciudad de Marbella, that he won in 2003.
In 2006 he became the champion of the first edition of “Chef of the Year” CCA, an event where he is currently Vice President of the jury (the Chef Martin Berasategui is the President).
In December 2007, Jordi Cruz left the Estany Clar and became the manager and head Chef at the restaurant Angle de Món Sant Benet (Barcelona). In November 2008 the restaurant was also awarded 1* Michelin star. In June 2013 Angle moves to Hotel Cram Barcelona and maintains 1* Michelin in the Guide since.
In May 2010, he took the lead of ABaC Restaurant & Hotel, which is now the gastronomic reference of the city and it is awarded as Best Restaurant of Catalonia 2011 by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy, on 2012 with 2* Michelin Guide, 3 “Soles Repsol” since 2013 and on November 2017 with 3*** Michelin stars.
In June 2012 he opened a new restaurant in Barcelona Ten’s Tapas Restaurant, in the heart of the Born district, offers tapas and side dishes true to the philosophy of ABaC Barcelona.
In 2013 he was awarded as Chef de l'Avenir by the “Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie” (International Gastronomy Academy).
In Decembre 2016 his new opening: Atempo Bistró-Cosmopolita, located at the Hotel The Mirror Barcelona. This time, Atempo Restaurant follows a concept created by Chef Jordi Cruz that refers to the traditional Bistró and where classic dishes of international cuisine will be offered. Also, the kitchen, seen through a panoramic space, allows seeing the team working.
In November 2017, he has obtained his 3rd*** Michelin star for ABaC Restaurant, placing us in the maximum ranking of the Gastronomic Guide and becoming the second restaurant of the City of Barcelona to hold such a prized award.
Jordi Cruz is the author of 5 books: Cocina con lógica, Grandes platos para todos los días, El cocinero tenaz, Cocina en casa como un chef, Tapas con Rock n'Roll.
Regarding his cuisine, the chef himself defines it as "evolutionary and restless, based on the product and where creativity and tradition are merged." Within his profession, the coherency and clarity of his avant-garde cuisine have continued to stand out from changing fashions and trends.
Nowadays, he is a judge in the program Master Chef Spain in TVE1.