Elena Arzak

Discussing: Re-thinking cooking [ Tuesday: 4.30pm ]

Elena Arzak (@ArzakRestaurant) who has been described as “the best female chef on the planet” is joint head chef of three Michelin starred restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian alongside her father, Juan Mari Arzak, and was named best Female Chef in the World in 2012. Arzak is credited with putting San Sebastian on the culinary map, the city boasts more Michelin stars per square meter than anywhere else in the world! “What we eat, how we eat, is in our culture,” she says “Our signature cuisine is Basque. My father and I talk about this all the time. Our taste is from here even if we are open to the world. We were born here. Since childhood we have in our minds a flavour: parsley, squid, hake throats. Even if we use herrings or tandoori, we cook unconsciously with this identity.