Paul Pairet, Matías Perdomo, Germán Martitegui, Chele González, Virgilio Martínez, José Andrés, Yoshihiro Narisawa and Rodolfo Guzmán

Chele González, Rodolfo Guzmán, Virgilio Martínez, Germán Martitegui, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Paul Pairet and Matías Perdomo will show the state of the world’s avant-garde cuisine in San Sebastian.

José Andrés (Minibar**, Washington, USA) will collect the PauPaul Pairet, Matías Perdomo, Germán Martitegui, Chele González, Virgilio Martínez, José Andrés, Yoshihiro Narisawa y Rodolfo GuzmánAlbornà i Torras Gastronomic Journalism Award, which San Sebastian Gastronomika–Euskadi Basque Country awarded “in memoriam” to Anthony Bourdain, and make a speech in the auditorium.

San Sebastian Gastronomika-Euskadi Basque Country 2018 will pay tribute to the gastronomic revolution that Spain underwent 20 years ago, but will also include the most important international chefs and trendsetters presenting the best possible programme. In addition to having the gastronomic elite from the Peninsula, chefs that run renowned, award-winning restaurants in Asia, America and Europe will speak and cook on the stage of the Kursaal.

In an unprecedented joint presentation, Rodolfo Guzmán (Boragó, Santiago de Chile, Chile, the 5th best restaurant in Latin America according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants), Germán Martitegui (Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 60th best restaurant in the world) and the Cantabrian-based Philippine chef Chele González (Gallery by Chele, Manila) will certify the sustainability of world haute cuisine in San Sebastian. And Virgilio Martínez (Central, Lima, Peru, the 2nd best restaurant in Latin America), Matías Perdomo (Contraste*, Milan, Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan, the 6th best restaurant in Asia) and Paul Pairet (Ultraviolet, Shaghai, the 8th best restaurant in Asia) will do the same in an individual format, showing the evolution of and trends in global gastronomy like few others.


“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” Asturias, September 30 on CNN

José Andrés (Minibar**, Washington, USA), who will participate twice, will also be present in the Gipuzkoan capital, in addition to the cadre of chefs from all over the world. The Asturian will present a lecture in the auditorium on surprise and emotion in cooking, and will return to the stage to collect the Pau Albornà i Torras International Gastronomic Journalism Award 2018 that the congress has awarded “in memoriam” to the New York chef and journalist Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain, who died in France last June, knew cooking from the inside (he was a professional cook for 20 years) and, above all, from the outside (he was the star of the TV cooking programme “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” – CNN) and Gastronomika knew him for “his pivotal work in disseminating world cuisine and his strong support for sustainability and fair trade, as well as for his magnificent literary and television work”.

It is not insignificant that José Andrés will be responsible for collecting Bourdain’s award, as they were great friends. In fact, Andrés played host in Asturias last April to Bourdain, who recorded and focused on the Principality for one of the new episodes of his award-winning series “Parts Unknown”. Together, Bourdain and José Andrés travelled through Asturias tasting the cuisine at restaurants such as El Corral del Indianu and Casa Lin, among others “You saw only beauty in everything. You will always travel with me,” said the Asturian, after learning of the death of his colleague.

As the recording and editing of the Asturian episode and others on which Bourdain had begun work for this new season (the twelfth of the series) were not finished, the process was completed by directors who filmed for the Bourdain production company, featuring audio segments by the chef himself. According to CNN, now that it has been completed, the episode of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” on Asturias will be broadcast on September 30, one week before José Andrés collects the award for its creator.

Bourdain will be one of the people awarded at this edition of San Sebastian Gastronomika, which, through its Technical Committee (made up of Andoni Luis Aduriz, Josean Alija, Hilario Arbelaitz, Karlos Arguiñano, Juan Mari Arzak, Eneko Atxa, Martín Berasategui, Pedro Subijana and Roser Torras), will also pay tribute to Lluís García and Lluís Biosca (two “legends” from the elBulli dining room) with the Gueridón de Oro, and to Juan Mari Arzak, who will receive the Tribute Award. Bourdain was considered to be a great admirer of the Basque chef. In an interview in El País in 2007, the American declared that Juan Mari and Elena “have one of the best restaurants in the world”, where “they combine the new without forgetting Basque tradition”. Two geniuses will meet emotionally this year in San Sebastian.