Montserrat Fontané is mother, grandmother and cook. Born in Sant Martí de Llémena, in a simple, hard-working family, she did not have an easy life. She started work as a waitress in restaurants in Girona when she was young, but soon, together with her husband, Josep Roca, she took things into her own hands and created her own restaurant, more than fifty years ago. She is an early riser and very hardworking and it is thanks to her and her three sons that the name of Can Roca has become a symbol and the home of a cuisine that is not only the best in Catalonia but also has a worldwide reputation.
She makes and cooks food, runs the kitchen, prepares menus and takes care of and pampers the customers and the students and staff at El Celler. The reputation of El Celler and her sons has not gone to her head (she knows how to let them do things for themselves in the kitchen) or made her want to retire: day after day she continues cooking and serving food to ordinary people in Taialà, Girona, and the surrounding area who come to enjoy her daily menu. She has passed on her vocation, cookery, to her sons, who have succeeded in creating unique dishes of outstanding quality. Some of the most famous dishes at El Celler, duly transformed, have their origins in the head, hands and heart of this admirable woman, Montserrat Fontané.
Montserrat Fontané has won the 2018 LiberPress Camins Award for a very worthy career dedicated to hospitality and homemade cuisine, from which she has opened up many paths, paths leading to fine food with a worldwide reputation, with her three sons: Joan, Josep and Jordi, “the artists and culinary authors of El Celler de Can Roca”. To them she has transmitted humility, a spirit of sacrifice, her enthusiasm for doing things well (in this case, food and drink) and a passion for cookery, creating a restaurant that has aroused admiration around the world. She is the one who has laid the foundations for and initiated this popular, fascinating and pleasurable route.