Dani and Maca de Castro work side-by-side in the ‘Jardin’ Group, initially founded by the family in 1996. While all that happens within the kitchen is the responsibility of Maca de Castro, the catering and events are run under the direction of Dani.
Maca de Castro
Nicknamed “the Mallorquina”, Maca de Castro, chef and owner of maca de castro, was born in 1981 and has worked in kitchens ever since she was 18 years old.
She discovered that this was her calling by attending conferences, traveling and staging. At 20, she took charge of the confectioneries at Jardín, and at 21 she became the head cook for fish. At 23 she took on the role of head chef. From her beginnings as an assistant, she has balanced work and training both at the Escola d’Hoteleria of the Balearic Islands and alongside other renowned chefs, including Hilario Arbelaitz (Zuberoa), Andoni L. Aduriz (Mugaritz) and Julián Serrano (Picasso). She has also attended various courses at elBulli and trained with Willy Dufresne (wd-50), Manuel de la Osa (Las Rejas), Jean Coussau (Relais de la Poste) and Juan Mari and Elena Arzak (Arzak).
She has been a speaker at Madrid Fusión (2013) and has held one Michelin star since 2012. Additionally, the Repsol guide awarded the restaurant maca de castro two Repsol suns. Publications such as The Wall Street Journal, El País, Gentleman, Elle, Vogue, Sobremesa and Club de Gourmets have also highlighted her work.
Dani de Castro
Mallorcan but born in Salamanca in 1973, the Group director and co-owner Daniel De Castro is head of the catering service which was founded in 2005 and is now one of the most sort after on the Island of Mallorca.
He opened both Danny’s and El Jardin in the Port of Alcudia in 1996. He was trained at the Atrio and in some of the most prestigious restaurants throughout the world, one of which was the famous restaurant La Terraza del Casino or Mugaritz in Madrid, where he was fortunate enough to work alongside the well-known maître di Joserra Calvo. Daniel works closely alongside his sister Maca de Castro, who holds a Michelin star, in both the Bistro del Jardin and Danny’s Gastrobar. At the same It has also created one of the most complete and interesting wineries of Mallorca, alongside Guillermo Lucas, group sommelier.
Daniel de Castro also heads the new project of the 'Jardin group' in Uruguay 'El Jardin' by Sarava restaurant, opened in 2013 in Arenas de José Ignacio, near Punta del Este.
Dani De Castro is head of the department of Gastronomic Consultancy, which he established in 2013 with the first project in Uruguay. He is now moving forward with the opening of the 20grad restaurant in Dusseldorf.