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Restaurante Martín Berasategui.

Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux in the country. Spain,Lasarte-Oria

Martín Berasategui

Chef
Restaurante Martín Berasategui Lasarte-Oria E-20160

My parents worked at the Bodegón Alexandro, in the heart of the old town in San Sebastian. I started cooking with my mother and my aunt Maria Gabriela when I was about 14. I’ve had a love of cooking in my blood since I was a child.

I learnt to make cakes and pastries with André Mandion in Anglet. Later, François Brouchican taught me about meat and how to handle ducks and geese. Then he sent me off to Didier Oudil, who has worked as a chef with Michel Guérard for 16 years. I opened my restaurant in Lasarte in May 1993.

It was my apprenticeship as a pastry chef that taught me the rigour you need to get good results in the kitchen. Being disciplined is actually far more important than a particular technique or how talented you are.

My cooking is about trying to achieve perfection on a consistent basis, so that every customer who leaves the restaurant has had the unique experience they dreamed of.


What was your most moving culinary experience?
Enjoying lunch or dinner without having to do anything at Zuberoa in Oyarzun, run by my friend Hilario Arbelaiz, is always a moving experience.

The most amusing kitchen incident you ever witnessed?
The day when Santiago Segura and the Grand Wyoming, two well-known comic actors in Spain, walked into my kitchen. Now that was really something!

Your best piece of advice for amateur chefs?
Don’t make life too complicated and follow the advice of chefs and cookbooks that teach you how to cook simply. And above all, enjoy being with your friends.