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In 2019, again ranked in the Top 50 Gastronomy Blogs and Websites for Gastronomists & Gastronomes in 2019 by Feedspot. (Last Updated Oct 23, 2019)

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36. Gerry Dawes's Spain: An Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel

Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads customized gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. Frequency about 2 posts per week."

"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life." -- Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019

"Trust me everyone, I have traveled with this man, if Gerry Dawes tells you to eat somewhere it's like Bourdain, believe it!!" - - Chef Mark Kiffin, The Compound Restaurant, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Spain wouldn’t be as known to Americans without the stories Gerry tells and writes.” - - Superstar Catalan Chef Ferran Adrià, elBulli

"But, for Gerry, Spain is more than just the Adriàs and (Juan Mari and Elena) Arzaks. He has connected with all manner of people working at every level and in every corner of Spain. I’m always amazed at this reach. You can step into a restaurant in the smallest town in Spain, and it turns out they know Gerry somehow. I remember one rainy night in Madrid during the 2003 Madrid Fusión congress. I wanted to go to my favorite place for patatas bravas, the ultimate tapa. But Gerry had another place in mind, and I didn’t know about it. But Gerry is always right. The potatoes at his place were amazing.” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019

James Campbell Caruso, Chef-owner of La Boca & La Boca Taberna Tapas Restaurants in Santa Fe, New Mexico and James Beard Best Chef nominee: "I was a fan of Gerry Dawes Gerry long before we met and became friends. His writing led me to pursue my interest in Spanish food, wine and culture. His great journalism was and still is very informative and educational, but back 20-30 years ago Gerry was the only lifeline for those of us who wanted the real, authentic, accurate info on the rich and varied gastronomy. He gave us the lessons but also captured the passion and exuberance of the people who grow food, raise animals, cook, make wine, art and olive oil and cheese and on and on....."

"Gerry Dawes loves Spain, and he loves Spanish wines. And the man knows whereof he speaks. The country bestowed upon him its prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomia (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003, and here’s what James A. Michener said about him in Iberia: Spanish Travels and Reflections: “In his nearly thirty years of wandering the back roads of Spain, Gerry Dawes has built up a much stronger bank of experiences than I had to rely on when I started writing Iberia … His adventures far exceeded mine in both width and depth … ”
I first reached out to Dawes when I was planning a culinary journey to Barcelona, Rioja, and the Basque region of Spain, in 2011. I found his website and began reading, and have been learning from him ever since. Then, when I was preparing to stage at Arzak, in 2012, Dawes offered me some sound advice: learn Basque. He is opinionated – “You must decide whether you love wine or carpentry. If you want wood in your wine, suck on a toothpick as you drink your vino.” – he lives life with passion, and he respects wine and the men and woman who make it. Here’s to Gerry!" - - The Original Drinker: Spanish Wine Master Loves a $15.99 Rosado, Hates Wood and Always Avoids Wine Bars, James Brock, Paper City,

Food Arts Silver Spoon Award to Gerry Dawes

 Premio Nacional de Gastronomía - - James Beard Foundation Nomination (Best Wine Writing)
Premio Periodistíco Cava

Gerry Dawes's Article Medieval Riches of El Cid's City (About Burgos, Spain)
Front Page, The New York Times Sunday Travel Section

 About Blog Author Gerry Dawes, Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award)

Gerry Dawes at Marisquería Rafa in Madrid.
Photo by John Sconzo, Docsconz: Musings on Food & Life 

Custom-designed Wine, Food, Cultural and Photographic Tours of Spain Organized and Led by Gerry Dawes and Spanish Itinerary Planning

7 Days, 7 Nights: Beyond Paella, A Video Culinary, Wine & Travel Adventure in Valencia & Alicante with Gerry Dawes & Special Guests

If you enjoy these blog posts, please consider a contribution to help me continue the work of gathering all this great information and these photographs for Gerry Dawes's Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel. Contributions of $5 and up will be greatly appreciated. Contributions of $100 or more will be acknowledged on the blog.

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Maestro Spain: Photographs of Spain & Assignment Photography by Gerry Dawes

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In these times of crisis, photo acquisition budgets have been cut. Art directors and photo editors often cannot afford to send a photographer to cover stories in Spain on gastronomy, wine, popular culture and tourist sights, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have access to top quality, original photographs of Spain, Spanish travel, Spanish gastronomy, Spanish wine and many, many other subjects covering a broad range of activities (see samples below). And, since I travel in Spain as many as eight times each year, an assignment often does not require re-imbursement for air travel.

(Click on the arrow to activate slideshow, click on the lower left corner box to turn captions on or off; double click on the image box to go to a Picasa webpage where, by clicking on "slideshow," you can see the images enlarged full frame.)

Based in New York's Hudson River Valley, I am Gerry Dawes, an award-winning writer-photographer, who has been traveling or living in Spain for forty years. I have thousands of high quality digital photographs and a library of thousands of transparencies going back more than two decades on a multitude of Spanish subjects. I have published hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs in such publications as Food Arts, The Wine Spectator, The Wine News, The Wine Enthusiast, Santé, Decanter, Saveur and The New York Times. I have had had cover and full-page shots for The Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine News and I have photographs in several books. Numerous photographs of mine can be see with my articles on this blog, on and on the new Culinary Institute of America-Greystone website dedicated to Spain.

My stock includes thousands of photographs of Spain, taken on an average of seven trips per year to Spain over the past decade.

Available subjects include (see slide shows below for samples of my work):

Spanish cocina de vanguardia chefs (Ferran Adri , Arzak, Roca, Dacosta and scores of others), their restaurants and hundreds of dishes.

Spanish traditional cuisine chefs, restaurateurs, restaurants, restaurant façades and dishes (roast suckling lamb, pig, shellfish, rich dishes, vegetable dishes, etc.)

Market photos from Madrid, Barcelona’s La Boqueria, San Sebastián’s La Bretxa, Valencia’s Mercat Central, Mercado de Jerez and others; fish markets; farmer’s markets; gourmet shops; and food producers.

Spanish products such as olive oil (and production); hundreds of artisan cheeses (cheesemaking operations and animals that provide the milk); rice, paprika and saffron.
Wine, wineries and vineyards from almost every denominación de origen, many of which are isolated or little-known; Spanish wine personalities, star winemakers and little-known winemakers; closeups of wine glasses.

Christian and Moorish Castles, ancient synagogues, Roman ruins, cathedrals and village churches, monuments, museums, statues, works of art, train stations, airports.

Landscapes: mountains, plains and seacoast.

Street photography, including street performers (hundreds of human statues and musicians.)

If you don’t see it in this general listing, ask, chances are Dawes's archives may have what you are looking for to illustrate your articles and advertisements.

Dawes is also available for assignments and the fact that he is so often in Spain–leading tours, attending and speaking at conferences or just traveling and taking photographs–can mean that the customer may not have the expense of my airfare.

Slide shows of sample photographs:

(Note to potential publishers: These photographs represent only a cross-section of my photographs of Spain, drawn from my large archives of digitals and from thousands of transparencies taken over many years. No photographs are to be reproduced or used without payment, photographer's copyright credit and explicit written consent from the photographer.)

Spain: General

Spanish Gastronomy: Chefs, Restaurants, Dishes, Products

Spanish rice dishes

Spanish wine

Street Performers in Spain

All photographs taken with Canon cameras and Tokina 12-24mm f4, Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 50mm Macro f2.5 and Canon 70-200mm f4 'L' lenses.

About Gerry Dawes

". . . Gerry Dawes, the gastronomy/travel writer-photographer known for good reasons in wine and periodical circles as ‘Mr. Spain." An inexhaustible fund of knowledge on his favorite subject . . . " - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Publishers of Food Arts

Spanish National Gastronomy Prize: 2003 Marques de Busianos Award from the Spanish Academy of Gastronomia y La Cofradia de la Buena Mesa for activities (writing, photography, lectures) on behalf of Spanish gastronomy and wines.

Gerry Dawes was born in Alto Pass, Illinois (pop. 300) and lived in Spain for eight years in sherry country (Cádiz), in Sevilla, and in Mijas (Malaga) and has been traveling there for forty years. He represented the late American artist-matador John Fulton in Sevilla and Marbella; apprenticed under Robert Vavra, photographer of James Michener's Iberia; ran The Dawes Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Mijas, and studied Spain's language, history, and culture at the University of Sevilla (in the former Fábrica de Tabaco--made famous as the setting of the opera Carmen). Dawes has a B.A. in Spanish and Creative Writing from State University of New York (SUNY).

An avid aficionado of Spanish fiestas and a photographer, Dawes traveled extensively in Spain during the eight years he lived there, putting muchos kilómetros on Rocinante, his Volkswagen sedan. He amassed thousands of color transparencies and a wealth of knowledge about the country, its wine and food, customs and culture. Since that time, he has returned to Spain nearly 100 times on gastronomy, wine and photography missions. He has also led nearly a dozen customized culinary and wine tours to Spain.

Mr. Dawes is currently working on a reality television
series on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.
(Video currently unavailable to do a feeder site failure, back by Feb. 3)

Experience Spain With Gerry Dawes: Culinary Trips to Spain & Travel Consulting on Spain

Gerry Dawes can be reached at; cell phone: 914-414-6982

Alternate e-mail (use only if your e-mail to AOL is rejected):

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