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Last week we introduced readers to Elena Arzak, one of only two women chefs named to the 2014 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for her family’s restaurant, Arzak, which she runs with her father Juan Mari Arzak. Here, Elena invites T into her restaurant, perfectly located, she says in the above video, in the seaside town of San Sebastián. Step into her beautifully orchestrated kitchen as she discusses Basque cuisine, the creative and modern influence El Bulli had on her regional cooking and the importance of family — from her secret to working seamlessly with her chef father to the value of a balanced and lip-smacking staff meal. “The staff meal or family meal is really important,” she says. “It has to be very well made, very well cooked, no different from what goes out to the restaurant.”


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