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…

René Redzepi, Noma: Finger in the Wind

The recent opening of Noma in its new location in Copenhagen has for the most part ended speculation about Rene Redzepi’s highly anticipated project. Food publications, social media, and digital forums are inundated with images and details of each dish presented right down to the nanosecond; some rare seafood obtained from the pristine waters of…

Anne-Sophie Pic, The Three Michelin-Star-Powered French Chef

Anne-Sophie Pic has added another Michelin star to the three at Madison Pic in Valence, France and the two Michelin stars at her restaurant at the Beau-Rivage hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva. La Dame de Pic her 80 seat restaurant opened in London at the Four Seasons hotel in 2017 and earned a…