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Elena ARZAK

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Chef & co-director of the Arzak restaurant together with her father Juan Mari
Spain

Her surname is her letter of introduction. Arzak is probably the most prestigious reference in the history of Spanish cuisine. But to that she brings her own sense of responsibility and her enormous curiosity. A vivid curiosity which was obviously inherited from her father and teacher. A promise started in the family restaurant from an early age and with impeccable training. She has earned her place in the management of the family restaurant – side by side with her father Juan Mari – bringing brilliant ideas to the restaurant research team. It is arguably a great challenge and responsibility to run a restaurant at such a high level along with genius and an icon. She is a chef with a strong faith in what she does, built on the basis of patience, sensitivity and culture. She is hard-working, thorough and restless, and is the future, but also the present of our cuisine…

She studied at the Hospitality Management School in Lucerne, Switzerland from 1988 to1991 and did internships in different companies such as Hotel Château Güstsch and Hotel National in Lucerne and Hotel International in Zurich.

Afterwards she worked at La Gavroche in London, Troigros in Roanne, Carré des Feuillants, Vivarois and Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, Louis XV in Montecarlo, Antica Ostería del Ponte in Italy and El Bulli among others. Later she returns home to run the Restaurant Arzak along with her father.

She has won numerous awards as Chef de l'avenir 2000, National Gastronomy Award for Best Chef 2010, Eckart Witzigmann 2010 International Award, Veuve Clicquot World´s Best Female Chef Award 2012. He has also received many other awards at local and international level.

Web site: http://www.arzak.es

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