Spain’s Elena Arzak wins the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards

Spain’s Elena Arzak wins the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards

Elena Arzak, Joint Head Chef at Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain, has been named the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef, part of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

Elena is the fourth generation of the Arzak family to head up the restaurant since it opened in 1897. In the past five years, the restaurant has consistently ranked within the top 10 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and was the first Basque restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars. A highly decorated family, Elena’s father Juan Mari Arzak was honoured with the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony.

Having learnt her craft at home, Elena expanded her horizons through extensive travel. She studied in Lucerne, Switzerland before moving through the great kitchens of Europe including Maison Troisgros, Bras and Pierre Gagnaire, Carré des Feuillants and Le Vivarois in France, Louis XV in Monte-Carlo, Antica Ostería del Ponte in Italy, Le Gavroche in London and El Bulli in Spain before returning to the family business.

Elena has won international respect for her constantly evolving, cutting edge, research-based approach to cooking and experimentation with flavours. Through her single-minded dedication to Arzak and its signature Basque cuisine, Elena oversees not only a thriving restaurant but by working in tandem with her famous father, Juan Mari, has ensured that it is recognised as one of the most influential restaurants in the world today.

The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award celebrates the work of an exceptional female chef whose cooking excites the toughest of critics of the world, 837 of whom voted in this category. The award is inspired by the life and achievements of Madame Clicquot, who nearly 200 years ago, set the standard for women in business. The winner reflects Madame Clicquot’s attributes of innovation, creativity and determination.

Commenting on the result, Stephane Gerschel, Veuve Clicquot’s Director of International Communications, said: “The Veuve Clicquot was a woman who two centuries ago revolutionized Champagne, with her extraordinary stamina, her thirst for innovation and her quest for ultimate quality. Elena Arzak represents exactly these values in gastronomy today and I am proud that our name and rich history is associated to such a wonderful personality”

Elena Arzak said of the news: “It really humbles me and has come as such a surprise. I am happy for Arzak, the restaurant, my father and my family…4 generations! I remember when my grandmother was cooking and how much of an inspiration she was. With this title, I think of her even more.”

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards

This year’s results will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, held inLondon’s Guildhall on 30th April and published live on

Further information, photography and video footage is available on



For Press Enquiries:
World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards: please contact Jo, Edwina or Harriet at KTBPR
Telephone: +00 44 (0) 207 924 7214

Veuve Clicquot: please contact Lorraine Larmer


Telephone: 0207 808 4400 / 07971 296054

Notes to editors:
Restaurant magazine is the UK’s leading publication for restaurateurs and chefs, and has been publishing The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2002 and hosting the Awards since 2003. Restaurant magazine is solely responsible for organising the awards, collating the votes and producing the list.

S.Pellegrino and Aqua Panna are main sponsors of the awards. S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.

For further information on S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna please contact:


Annalisa Leuce- Telephone: +39.02.62411942      Email:

Paola Chiasserini- Telephone: +39.02.62411948  Email:

The winner of last year’s Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef was Anne-Sophie Pic, of Maison Pic in the South East of France. More information on Anne-Sophie and last year’s list is available at

This release is also available in the following languages: French and Spanish. The language of the Press Office is English.

Award Sponsors

Acqua Panna & S.Pellegrino – Main Event sponsor, One to Watch Award sponsor and official water supplier

Veuve Clicquot – World’s Best Female Chef sponsor and official champagne supplier

Lavazza – Slow Food Reception sponsor and official coffee supplier

Birra Moretti – Online sponsor and official beer supplier

Silestone – Chef’s Choice Award sponsor and official quartz work surface supplier

Cacao Barry – Highest Climber Award sponsor and official chocolate supplier

Highland Park– Slow Food Award sponsor and official whisky supplier

Les Concierges – Highest New Entry Award sponsor and official concierge services supplier

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