Pastisseria Grau reaffirms its presence in the ranking of the 50 best in Catalonia

The Patisserie Grau, with stores in Esparreguera and Martorell, has revalidated for the third consecutive year its presence in the ranking of the 50 best patisseries in all of Catalonia. This is what the jury of the 6th has decided International Pastry Show, which is celebrated in Sant Vicenç dels Horts. This town hosted on Saturday evening the delivery of Fava de Cacau awards and recognition of the 50 best pastry shops in the country.

“The award is recognition, the fact that we are recognised, seen and valued for the work we do, more than any kind of financial award. We are a patisserie that has already accumulated 5 generations in Esparreguera, and this is something that does not happen in too many businesses. And in Martorell, next February 7, it will be 10 years since we’ve been there”, emphasized the satisfied owner and manager of the patisserie, Natàlia Grau.

Natàlia Grau, propietària i gerent de la Pastisseria Grau

The jury of this pastry contest is coordinated by the specialist Marc Balaguer and is made up of professionals of recognized prestige in the sector, who do not have their own pastry shop.

Natàlia Grau explains that the operation “is a bit special, since it is not a competition in which there are some bases with some rules to follow for you to present yourself, but rather the jury vacillates throughout the last year around Catalonia, he goes to the pastry shops and investigates everything we do and how we operate without us being aware of it, and from there they decide.”

Natàlia Grau, propietària i gerent de la Pastisseria Grau

This surprise factor of the jury’s visit means, for Natàlia Grau, that “we are constantly with the need and desire to do new things, to create, to surprise and to try to do a good job of communication so that we see and know what we are doing and be able to expose it”.

Natàlia Grau, propietària i gerent de la Pastisseria Grau

The Grau patisserie traces its origins to Esparreguera in 1865, when Nasi Simó founded an establishment on Carrer Gran. It was taken over by three more generations, until the heiress, Rosa, married one of the workshop’s workers – Antonio Grau – and in 1990 they took over with the current name. In 2013, with the help of their daughter Natàlia – fifth generation – they opened a shop in Martorell and now they have also expanded the business with catering. This new dedication has opened them up to a much more changing market, “which is looking for new things and which keeps us constantly active”.

Natàlia Grau, propietària i gerent de la Pastisseria Grau

Saturday’s event was part of a whole weekend of the International Pastry Show, an event organized by the Sant Vicenç dels Horts City Council and Vincentian master Eugeni Muñoz – and with the support of the Baix Llobregat Tourism Consortium and of the Boqueria Market-. The event was part of the 39th Commercial, Agricultural and Gastronomic Exhibition of the town of Baixllobregatina.

The event recognized three patisseries with special categories: Pastisseria Escribà (Barcelona) as the most innovative, Confiteria Padreny (Reus) as the one with the greatest historical value and Pastisseria El Cigne (Manresa) for its most unique sweet – almonds the light-.

In addition to revealing the ranking, one of the central points of the evening was the presentation of the Cocoa Bean Awards. These distinguished in a special way the best patisseries from each of the seven territorial areas of the country: Hofmann, from Barcelona (Barcelona and regions); L’Obrador, from Vendrell (Penedès); El Carmen, from Vic (Central Catalonia); Tornés, from Girona (Counties of Girona); Cal Jan, from Torredembarra (Camp de Tarragona and Terres de l’Ebre); Tugues, from Lleida (West), and Gil, from Llívia (Pyrenees). The other 43 recognized pastry shops – among them, Grau – also received the award.

Source: Web de notícies de l'Ajuntament de Martorell by

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