San Sebastian, Spain.
The World’s Best Female Chef* Elena Arzak has personally confirmed that she will be coming to Manila this April for Madrid Fusion Manila.
*Elena Arzak, in tandem with her father Juan Mari Arzak, pioneer of Modern Basque Cuisine, is the head chef at Arzak, a fourth generation restaurant housed in an 1897 home in San Sebastian, Spain. (See why Arzak is worth traveling to Spain for here.) She has many accolades to her name including the National Gastronomy Award for Best Chef in 2010 and the title of Best Female Chef award, voted for by a prestigious global jury of chefs and food critics, at the World’s Best Restaurant Awards in 2012.
At an exclusive interview with yours truly for First Class in Inquirer Sunday Biz and margauxlicious.com, Chef Elena Arzak said that participating in Madrid Fusion Manila is like a dream:
“I’ve been invited to participate in Manila Fusion and for me it’s like a dream. I am so happy to go. Finally I am going to Filipinas and the event is going to be a very important event in Asia.”
The multi-awarded chef said that she has been wanting to come to the Philippines for ten years.
“Finally after ten years, I am going to the Philippines. Thank you (Madrid Fusion Manila) for my invitation.”
She also said that she is so happy that she will finally try Filipino food and meet Filipino chefs whom she described as “so good”.
Chef Elena Arzak is set to give a talk at Madrid Fusion Manila, from April 24 to 26 at SMX. It is yet to be known if she will be cooking at a chosen host restaurant.
Check out the Madrid Fusion section of margauxlicious.com for updates on Madrid Fusion Manila.
See why Arzak has been a three-star Michelin restaurant since the 1980s here.