Platform for the Language denounces the lack of Catalan on the websites of these places
Three years ago, the Platform for Language began a study on the presence of Catalan on the websites of restaurants awarded the Michelin star and contacted those that did not have it to incorporate it. Since then, there have been many advances and many have done it. In fact, last year, of the 91 award-winning restaurants in Catalonia, only six did not have a website in Catalan, and two of them have already rectified this this year. However, there are four who refuse to do so, despite being in Catalonia. Three of them are in Barcelona and one in Salou.
The cases of the four restaurants that reject Catalan
The Catalan NGO has published a thread on the social network X, formerly known as Twitter, where it explains each case. The first of these four restaurants is the Enoteca Paco Pérez and the entity is surprised that it does not have its website in Catalan, since the Miramar Restaurant, which has the same chef, does. In addition, it is worth noting that the Hotel Artes, where the restaurant is located, also has a website in Catalan. “The case of SUTO is peculiar,” begins the entity in defense of the language to describe the case of the second restaurant that does not want to include Catalan. What happens in this case is that this restaurant does not have a website, but Plataforma per la Llengua criticizes that “on Instagram, its ‘business card’, it only uses Spanish.” However, it points out that “from this social network you can access, on equal terms with the rest of the languages, the menu in Catalan.”
The third case is found in Salou and here the Catalan NGO regrets that “Spanish and English are the language of the Michelin star.” This is the case of the Deliranto restaurant, which, according to the entity, continues for another year without incorporating the language of the territory where it operates on the website. But the most striking case, according to the same platform, is that of the Hofmann Hospitality School. “How is it possible that a Hospitality School located in Barcelona, in addition to its Hofmann Restaurant, does not include Catalan as a training and commercial language despite receiving support from the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce?” he asks. Likewise, he questions whether “the traditional style and Catalan cuisine” can be transmitted to students and offer a good restaurant service “without incorporating Catalan as a commercial and educational element.”
Two restaurants switch to Catalan
On the other hand, Plataforma per la Lengua celebrates that in 2024 two of the six Michelin-starred restaurants that last year did not have a website in Catalan have already incorporated it. These two places are Momentos, a restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, and Aleia, located in Casa Fuster. “Good cuisine is also that which is integrated into the linguistic landscape of the territory where it operates,” the entity highlights in the thread.