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Juan María Arzak Arratibel (Donostia-San Sebastian, Basque Country, 31 July 1942) is a Basque chef and one of the most important and most awarded chefs in the world.
Arzak has a long gastronomic family tradition which dates back to at least his grandparents, who already had a pub and eatery. He is the father of the chef Elena Arzak, who is considered to be the best woman chef in the world.
In 1976 he attended the first gastronomic event organized by the magazine Gourmet Club which was attended by Paul Bocuse. The New Basque Cuisine movement emerged under the inspiration of the Nouvelle Cuisine and Juan María Arzak became its main representative. It would have a significant influence on chefs all over the world, including the one who is considered to be the best in the world at present, Ferran Adriá.
Juan Mari is a regular at all kinds of national and international gastronomic events, such as Madrid Fusión.6
In 2012 he was in charge of providing the meals for the Formula 1 team HRT -in joint-venture with Bokado catering group- and became the first internationally renowned chef to do so, until they ceased their activity at the end of the season.
He manages the first Basque restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars, Arzak, which is considered to be one of the best in the world in all gastronomic guides. In 2015 the prestigious British magazine Restaurant, which makes the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world, ranked it 17 with three Michelin stars.