March 2012

Masterchef Juan Mari Arzak at Tondeluna, Logroño

Thursday March 29th, 2012 12:17 PM

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Over recent weeks some of Spain’s most prestigious chefs, including Paco Morales and Andoni Luis Aduriz, have given talks at Francis Paniego and Luisa Barrachina’s Tondeluna restaurant in Logroño.

Last night was the turn of Juan Mari Arzak, the grand maestro credited with bringing Basque cooking to world attention. Andoni and Francis learnt their craft with Arzak at his restaurant in San Sebastian, Basque Country. Without him, Mugaritz and Tondeluna probably wouldn’t exist.

Arzak spoke about everything from his first restaurant to the lunch he served for the Queen of England. And his best tip? It doesn’t matter how good the food is or how exquisite the recipe, if it’s served on a cold plate at the wrong temperature, it’s no good.

I’ve put a gallery with more photos here.

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Arzak en Tondeluna, Logroño. Foto/Photo: James Sturcke

Portraits: Mugaritz chef Andoni Luis Aduriz at Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Friday March 23rd, 2012 02:12 PM

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luís Aduriz, widely regarded as among the world’s best chefs, was the latest speaker to take part in the Somos Capital series of talks organised by Francis Paniego & Luisa Barrachina at Tondeluna.

The Mugaritz chef is an inspiring man, not only for his culinary creations – the carpaccio de watermelon was nothing short of sensational – but also his approach to life. Humble, grounded, enjoying life’s simple pleasures and devoted to experimentation. These are the hallmarks of the chef from Errenteria, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country.

I’ve put some more pictures in the following gallery.

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz y Francis Paniego. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Luisa Barrachina. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

Andoni Luis Aduriz de Mugaritz. Foto: James Sturcke

La Rioja’s chefs at Delicatto restaurant, Logroño, La Rioja

Tuesday March 13th, 2012 11:13 AM

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

There’s a well used and rarely wrong saying in English that too many chefs spoil the cooking. So you might think that getting cooks from eight of La Rioja’s choicest restaurants to work in the same kitchen is a recipe for disaster, even if it is for a charity dinner.

I spent a decent chunk of Friday night in the kitchen of Delicatto Restaurant in Logroño waiting to see if sparks would fly. The chefs, from Chef Nino, La Vieja Bodega, El Rincón del Vino, La Galería, Marisol ArriagaEl Arriero, Café RiojaEl Portalón, prepared a series of tapas and dishes for over 160 diners. There was no shortage of action in the kitchen but, thankfully, all the energy was positive.

The evening, organised by the Riojan restaurant association Ricamesa, raised €6,000 for Caritas, which fights poverty and exclusion. I’ve put a gallery of photos from the evening here.

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Delicatto, Logroño

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja

Restaurante Delicatto, Logroño, La Rioja