Victor Arguinzoniz: The Lore of Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain

Chef Victor Arguinzoniz and I conversed on a Sunday morning on the terrace of Asador Etxebarri while the church bells tolled in the background and birds chirped in the morning sun.  The green clad mountain looming over the small village of Axpe was shrouded in mist and Victor had been hiking on the slopes early that morning…

Eneko Atxa: Seeds of Change at Azurmendi, Spain

This Spring I planted some Basque tear pea seeds from Azurmendi restaurant in Spain. Not all the plants did well but the ones that did reminded me of my recent visit to Azurmendi tucked away in the Basque countryside around Bilbao. The seeds, packed in a tiny jute sack, serve as the calling card of…

San Sebastian Gastronomika 2017

As a regular attendee of the San Sebastián Gastronomika, I was thrilled to be invited to the 2017 congress as a delegate. I was tapped to present Indian chefs on stage as India was the invited country and I had the privilege to felicitate chef Michel Bras as he received the Tribute Award for 2017….

Spring Travel: Part 1

Chef’s Play Date in San Francisco at Benu and In Situ at SFMOMA Several culinary creatives banded together in San Francisco to play with the notion of art and food at two recent food events, one of them appropriately held at the SFMOMA. It appears to be a growing trend around the world for chefs…