There are Romanians who moved to other countries and built successful careers for themselves. One of them is Micaela Pop, a head chef at the Gran Sol Hondarribia, Spain.
Since she has moved to Spain, Micaela has taken the culinary world by storm as she has started to win many culinary awards. Micaela Pop was born in 1980 in Maramures, however, her contact with cooking started in Portugal where she lived for three years. There she worked in the Hockey restaurant in Sintra city.
Afterwards, she moved to Spain where she started to get serious about her passion. She started working at the Gran Sol restaurant in Hondarribia city and under the guidance of Bixente Munoz Esnal, was promoted to head chef.
According to Esnal, Micaela pays high attention to detail and she takes care that everything that is cooked by her team is perfect. Thanks to her dedication she received many Spanish and International awards thus setting the Gran Sol Hondarribia restaurant on the map.
According to Periodico El Rumano, Micaela Pop cooks minimalist food that has a strong visual impact.
The Periodico El Rumano has set up an overwhelming list of all her awards.
PINTXOS championship from GIPUZKOA
2000. Champion Gipuzkoa Originality
2001. Champion Gipuzkoa Originality
2003. Champion Gipuzkoa Originality
2006. Silver platter at Pintxos Gipuzkoa championship
2007. Silver platter at Pintxos Gipuzkoa championship
2008. Gold medal at the Pintxos Gipuzkoa championship
2011.Bronze medal at the Pintxos Gipuzkoa championship
2014. Gold medal at the C Gipuzkoa Pintxos championship
2015. Silver medal at the Gipuzkoa Pintxos championship
EUSKAL HERRIA PINTXOS championship
2009. Third place and award for Innovation
2010. Euskal Herria Pintxos champion
2013. Euskal Herria Pintxos champion
PINTXOS and TAPAS championship
Finalist between 2006-2012, 2007, Spain champion 2006, for Pintxo Traditional category
2009 Spain champion, best Pintxo concept
2010 Spain champion, Pintxos Traditional category
PINTXOS TRADITIONALE Spain championship
2009. Award for originality
2015. Hondarribia champion
GIPUZKOA PINTXOS with BACALAO championship
2015. Third place
Nominated for the best ten pinxtos bars in Spain for 2005,2006,2007 and 2008.