Profile: Angel Castel Roqueta

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Angel is one of 8 interns at Alicia this summer.

Considering that Angel was born and grew up in the gastronomic paradise of Girona, I was not surprised when I got to witness magic that this young aspiring catalan chef brings to the kitchen. Angel grew up in a home where much emphasis was placed on traditional catalan food; a home where his grandmother would embrace the traditional catalan recipes kept within the family for generations. Angel remembers: “during Christmas, the family always got together and cooked escudella – a traditional broth made with a myriad of ingredients, including carrot, ribs, lamb, pork and potatoes.”

His first own dish, however, was a lot simpler than a special broth that requires 3 hours of careful preparation. At 8 years of age, he decided to take charge of the brunyols (a form of Spanish doughnuts) during Easter, and he was surprised by…

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