Juan Mari Arzak

Juan Mari Arzak Arratibel
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Juan Mari Arzak (left) and Elena Arzak
Born (1942-07-31) 31 July 1942 (age 76)
San Sebastián, Spain
Culinary career
Cooking styleNew Basque cuisine

Juan Mari Arzak Arratibel (born July 31, 1942)[1] is a Spanish chef, the owner and chef for Arzak restaurant.[2] He is considered to be one of the great masters of New Basque cuisine. He describes his cooking as "signature cuisine, Basque cuisine that's evolutionary, investigatory, and avant-garde."[3]

Personal life

Arzak was an only child born to Juan Ramon Arzak and Francisca Arratibel in San Sebastián, Spain.[2][3] He spent much of his childhood in his grandparents' restaurant. Later, Juan Mari Arzak's parents took over control of the restaurant. Juan Mari Arzak's father died in 1951, after which time his mother continued to run the restaurant until he took over control of the restaurant. Juan Mari Arzak has two daughters, Marta and Elena, with Maite Espina.[2]