Juan Mari Arzak

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Born in San Sebastian in 1942, Juan Mari Arzak graduated from the Madrid Hotel School in 1965. After internships in the kitchens of Bocusse (Lyon), Troisgros (Roanne), Sanderens ( Paris), Boyer ( Reims) and Arrambide ( St. Jean Pie de Port) he settled down at his mother's restaurant, Francisca Arratribel, a place that specialized in banquets, where he begun to make changes in the mid 70s.

In 1974 he received the Premio Nacional de Gastronomía, (National Gastronomy Award) as a Chef as well as its first Michelin Star. In 1983 he was awarded the distinction of best chef in Spain by the readers of Club de Gourmets Magazine. The year after, the same readers named Arzak as the Best Restaurant in Spain. In 1985, the Premio Nacional de Gastronomia, honored Arzak as Best Restaurant. Without a doubt he spearheaded the Nueva Cocina Vasca (New Basque Cuisine) a movement which set the grounds for the Spanish culinary revolution.

In 1977 Arzak received its second Michelin Star, which he withheld until 1989 when he received its third Michelin Star, a rating he has held even since.

One can find a sleuth of awards, and social, gastronomic and cultural recognitions. Among the most outstanding, to name a few, the Gran Premio del Arte de la Cocina for Best Chef in Europe in 1992; by the Academia Europea de Gastronomía,; the International Award of Honor by "Trophée Gourmet"- A la Carte in 2008. Arzak has been on top ten of the World's 50 Best Restaurants since 2006, and in 2011 Juan Mari received a "Lifetime Achievement Award from the World's 50 Best Restaurants

Arzak was honored, by the French Ministry of Culture, with he Knight of the Order of the Arts and the Letters of in 1993. Just one year after he receives the highest distinction in his hometown, the Gold Medal of the City of Donostia, delivered by the Honorable City Council as expression of appreciation and gratitude of the people of San Sebastián to professionalism based on extraordinary services provided to the municipality, as well as other exciting award for a practicing Guipuzcoano, the Gold Medal of the territory of Guipúzcoa. Culminating moment in 2008 was his appointment as "Universal Basque" by the Basque Autonomous Government.

Born in San Sebastian in 1942, Juan Mari Arzak graduated from the Madrid Hotel School in 1965. After internships in the kitchens of Bocusse (Lyon), Troisgros (Roanne), Sanderens ( Paris), Boyer ( Reims) and Arrambide ( St. Jean Pie de Port) he settled down at his mother's restaurant, Francisca Arratribel, a place that specialized in banquets, where he begun to make changes in the mid 70s.

In 1974 he received the Premio Nacional de Gastronomía, (National Gastronomy Award) as a Chef as well as its first Michelin Star. In 1983 he was awarded the distinction of best chef in Spain by the readers of Club de Gourmets Magazine. The year after, the same readers named Arzak as the Best Restaurant in Spain. In 1985, the Premio Nacional de Gastronomia, honored Arzak as Best Restaurant. Without a doubt he spearheaded the Nueva Cocina Vasca (New Basque Cuisine) a movement which set the grounds for the Spanish culinary revolution.

In 1977 Arzak received its second Michelin Star, which he withheld until 1989 when he received its third Michelin Star, a rating he has held even since.

One can find a sleuth of awards, and social, gastronomic and cultural recognitions. Among the most outstanding, to name a few, the Gran Premio del Arte de la Cocina for Best Chef in Europe in 1992; by the Academia Europea de Gastronomía,; the International Award of Honor by "Trophée Gourmet"- A la Carte in 2008. Arzak has been on top ten of the World's 50 Best Restaurants since 2006, and in 2011 Juan Mari received a "Lifetime Achievement Award from the World's 50 Best Restaurants

Arzak was honored, by the French Ministry of Culture, with he Knight of the Order of the Arts and the Letters of in 1993. Just one year after he receives the highest distinction in his hometown, the Gold Medal of the City of Donostia, delivered by the Honorable City Council as expression of appreciation and gratitude of the people of San Sebastián to professionalism based on extraordinary services provided to the municipality, as well as other exciting award for a practicing Guipuzcoano, the Gold Medal of the territory of Guipúzcoa. Culminating moment in 2008 was his appointment as "Universal Basque" by the Basque Autonomous Government.