Three-star restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian has already produced four generations of top chefs.

Now Arzak is crowned by Elena’s achievement of Best Female Chef of the world in 2012. For Elena it is important that the Basque cuisine is understood. Contact with the guests is also very important to her. According to her, ‘You cannot fully enjoy a particular cuisine until you understand it. My contact with the guests also has another reason. I would like to see our style evolve but we have to do this together with our guests. We are here to make them happy.’

Food Inspiration interviewed Elena Arzak at the international festival Chefs’ Revolution where she presented luminous plates, called ‘El Resplandor’, the splendor.

Watch the video to see her dishes en learn from her philosophy.