Josean Alija Stepping it Up at Nerua, Bilbao, Spain

Chefs from the Basque Country are known for their intellectual take on food; that is until you see them outside the kitchens.  The young very low-key Alija is the picture of professionalism till he comes across freshly baked bread.  Last winter as we boarded a ferry together to cross the Bosporus in Istanbul we picked…

Elena Arzak: Respect for Her Legacy

A chef’s food is not the only testament to their talent. According to Chef Elena Arzak these days it encompasses their involvement in issues outside the realm of their kitchen. The world famous chef heads the kitchen of the three Michelin star Arzak restaurant in San Sebastián with her father Juan Mari. I recently spent time…