Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain)
Elena Arzak was born into a family that has cooking in its blood, and is destined to succeed the world-renowned Juanmari in the family’s restaurant, Arzak, the first Basque establishment to be awarded three Michelin stars. Elena was lucky to discover her gastronomic vocation at an early age, insisting to her parents, Juanmari and Maite, that she wanted to follow in their footsteps. They did everything they could to dissuade her, but Elena was determined. At the age of 11, she used to go straight into the restaurant kitchen on her return from school to peel oranges or clean squid. Clearly, a cook was what she was meant to be. From the age of 18 to 26, she traveled all over Europe learning the restaurant trade. Elena acknowledges that many cooks are self-taught, but she chose to undergo thorough academic and vocational training, with languages, in catering schools and in prestigious restaurants.
Awards and Accolades:
- Magazine Restaurant Award for "World’s Best Female Chef" 2012
Thursday, March 7
Five masters of Spanish cuisine will bring the country's culinary riches to life for a delicious and lively night.
Saturday, March 9
Celebrate open flame cooking with savory grilled seafood offerings, chilled seafood bites and desserts prepared by 18 renowned chefs.