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Barcelona's extensive history with many cultural influences has led to an array of unique cuisines with literally thousands of recipes and flavours. It is also renowned for its health benefits and fresh ingredients, such as the Mediterranean diet.

Today, Barcelona cooking is in fashion, especially thanks in part to Ferran Adrià, who was declared the best chef in the world, and has postulated the supremacy of Spanish cooking over French cuisine. At the start of 2013 El Celler de Can Roca restaurant was declared the World’s Best Restaurant.

Guides and critics all over the world consider that Barcelona cuisine is currently experiencing a veritable "golden age". Catalan restauranteurs include some of the world's most prestigious names, such as Ferran Adrià, Joan Roca, Carme Ruscalleda and Carles Gaig, all veritable geniuses of avant-garde cuisine.