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Taste of Basque Country "Restaurante Arzak" 3 Michelin Stars in San Sebastián

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Arzak Restaurante located in San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain. One of the most renowned for its exceptional culinary creations. The restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars, making it one of the most prestigious restaurants in the world. Arzak is a family-run restaurant that has been in operation for over a century, and its longevity is a testament to theculinary skills and innovation of its chefs. The restaurant is currently run by Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter, Elena Arzak, who has also been recognized as one of the best chefs in the world. The restaurant's menu is a fusion of Basque cuisine with modern and innovative twists. The dishes are carefully crafted with precision and attention to detail, using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients also is known for its impeccable service, with a team of dedicated staff who are committed to providing an exceptional dining experience for each guest.

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Arzak's three Michelin stars are a testament to the restaurant's exceptional culinary creations, outstanding service, and dedication to innovation. The Michelin Guide is widely regarded as the most prestigious restaurant guide in the world, and receiving three stars is considered the ultimate achievement in the culinary industry. The Restaurant has received numerous other accolades, including being named the Best Restaurant in the World in 2011 by Restaurant Magazine. The restaurant has also been listed on the "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list, compiled by Restaurant Magazine, for several years in a row. Arzak is a restaurant that is synonymous with exceptional cuisine, innovation, and excellence. It is a must-visit for foodies and culinary enthusiasts who want to experience some of the best dishes in the world, crafted with care and precision by some of the best chefs in the industry.

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The origin of the Arzak Restaurant dates back to 1897, when Juan Mari Arzak’s grandparents built the house that is nowhome to his restaurant. In the early days, it used to be a wine shop and tavern. Then, Juan Mari Arzak’s parents turned it into a fine eatery whose cook was Paquita Arratibel. Her stews and traditional recipes from the Basque Country, especially Donostia, were highly pleasing. In 1966, Juan Mari Arzak took over the family business along with his mother. She showed him how to cook Basque food. Juan Mari was eager to learn all she could teach him. Thanks to his inquisitiveand innovative spirit, he concocted his own recipes: traditional Basque dishes with a gourmet twist. Soon enough, his extraordinary culinary skills earned him the National Gastronomy Award when he was 32, and the Arzak Restaurant got its first Michelin star.

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May 2001, Elena was given the Chef de l’Avenir Award by the International Academy of Gastronomy. In 2010, the Spanish Academy of Gastronomy granted her the National Gastronomy Award. To top it all off, in 2012 she was the recipient of the Veuve Clicquot "World’s Best Female Chef Award". Currently, Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter Elena share the kitchen, as well as the culinary knowledge, passion and enthusiasm they bring to cooking and to managing their restaurant. A history of the Arzaks.

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