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Nov. 27 2009 - 11:27 am | 18 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

Grilling Guru gets first Michelin star

Etxebarri, Axpe

Image by biskuit via Flickr

Victor Arguinzoniz has a cult following. People travel from all over the world to visit him in his tiny Basque village, far away from any airport or large city. The reason? He has made a name for himself by customizing grills. Not “shrimps on the barbie” or hamburgers and hot dogs kind of grilling. Chef Arguinzoniz is grilling caviar, butter, oysters, even ice cream. He makes his own coal on a daily basis and only uses ingredients from the local Basque region, which means gooseneck barnacles, white tuna, baby eels, and large prawns.

This past September, I was lucky enough to dine at Chef Arguinzoniz’s restaurant, Asador Etxebarri. It was an incredible and memorable food experience. He is able to create a unique smokiness in his food that accents the flavors without overwhelming. Now Michelin has discovered and honored Asador Etxebarri with its first star rating. I’m thrilled that the chef’s passion and dedication is being recognized and I hope to some day go back and eat there again. That is, if I can score a much sought after reservation… especially now!

To read more about the restaurant and see photos from the 120 euro, 12 course tasting menu, click here.

Etxebarri grill in Axpe gets first Michelin star – EiTB News Life.


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    Thanks much for this… Anthony Bourdain featured this guy on his Spain episode of ‘No Reservations’. I was like ‘wow’ but Tony didn’t seem give any details that would easily allow one to actually find the place.

    Extebarri is a consummate artisan and reason enough to visit Spain. His cuisine is definitely on my bucket list.

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