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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:19 PM

Elena Arzak, Joint Head Chef at Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain, has been named the Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef, part of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

Elena is the fourth generation of the Arzak family to head up the restaurant since it opened in 1897. In the past five years, the restaurant has consistently ranked within the top 10 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and was the first Basque restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars. A highly decorated family, Elena’s father Juan Mari Arzak was honoured with the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s World's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony.

Having learnt her craft at home, Elena expanded her horizons through extensive travel. She studied in Lucerne, Switzerland before moving through the great kitchens of Europe including Maison Troisgros, Bras and Pierre Gagnaire, Carré des Feuillants and Le Vivarois in France, Louis XV in Monte-Carlo, Antica Ostería del Ponte in Italy, Le Gavroche in London and El Bulli in Spain before returning to the family business.

Elena has won international respect for her constantly evolving, cutting edge, research-based approach to cooking and experimentation with flavours. Through her single-minded dedication to Arzak and its signature Basque cuisine, Elena oversees not only a thriving restaurant but by working in tandem with her famous father, Juan Mari, has ensured that it is recognised as one of the most influential restaurants in the world today.


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#2 GordonCooks

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:33 PM

Nice to see,

I voted for her in that category and also voted in the Best White Guy cooking Asian Food category.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:55 PM

A friend just missed winning best trans-gender chef by a single digit.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

Next we need a head-to-head between her and whoever the best male chef is, for Ruler of the Universe. And then maybe we can stop with the BS. (yeah, right :rolleyes:)

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

Next we need a head-to-head between her and whoever the best male chef is, for Ruler of the Universe. And then maybe we can stop with the BS. (yeah, right :rolleyes:)

But doesn't the trans-gender chef trump both both of them???

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:32 PM

A friend just missed winning best trans-gender chef by a single digit.


Guy to Girl or Girl to Guy?
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:45 PM


A friend just missed winning best trans-gender chef by a single digit.


Guy to Girl or Girl to Guy?

Actually it was girl to guy to girl. Women always have the right to change their mind.

#8 GordonCooks

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:20 PM



A friend just missed winning best trans-gender chef by a single digit.


Guy to Girl or Girl to Guy?

Actually it was girl to guy to girl. Women always have the right to change their mind.


Aahh, I think I've eaten there. Excellent Unlucky Balls with Cashew and Bamboo Shoot.
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Photography is jazz for the eye. - William Claxton

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:27 PM




A friend just missed winning best trans-gender chef by a single digit.


Guy to Girl or Girl to Guy?

Actually it was girl to guy to girl. Women always have the right to change their mind.


Aahh, I think I've eaten there. Excellent Unlucky Balls with Cashew and Bamboo Shoot.

Yes - that's it!!! We have to meet up there sometime - between surgeries of course.