OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our mission is sharing our passion for local gastronomy. Food is not just a nourishment, but a product of the climate, landscape and history of the place where it is grown, and for that, is a great vehicle to discover culture.

That is why we buy fresh, seasonal and local products, to show you what makes special basque and spanish cuisine. No matter if you choose a group or a private cooking class, we will make sure you to taste a piece of our land.

Chefs & Instructors

Patricio Fuentes
Owner & Chef

Patricio is a Chilean living in the Basque Country, he has more than 20 years experience working in restaurant kitchens all over the world. Love and food brought him to the Basque Country and made him stay. He wanted to share his passion and knowledge with others and started teaching the secrets of Basque Cuisine to food and travel lovers more than 5 years ago.

Favorite food: His mom’s smashed potatoes with butter, asparagus and pepper
What’s in his glass: A really cold beer

Eneko Irizar
Owner & Chef

Being part of the well-known Luis Irizar family made it hard for Eneko to fight his origins. His innate talent is only surpassed by his enthusiasm for pushing the boundaries of quality. He is always striving for better. You will feel welcome and captivated in his classes as he shares his extensive knowledge. We want you to enjoy the cooking experience as much as we do!

Favorite food: Any kind of fish
What’s in his glass: Champagne

Erick Muñoz
Chef & Instructor

Erick has recently become a part of our team, marking a new chapter in his culinary journey. Originally from Costa Rica, he ventured to the Basque Country to study cuisine at the prestigious Escuela Irizar. During his time there, he was a stagier with chefs Patricio and Eneko at various restaurants. Following his education at Irizar School and gaining experience in local eateries in San Sebastian, he made his way to the United States to introduce Basque Gastronomy through pintxos and other dishes in New York City and Vermont. Now back in the Basque Country,  he has worked in numerous restaurants and hotels before joining our team.

Favorite food: grilled turbot
What’s in his glass: Rhum with gingerale

Experience curators

Lara Ibiricu
Sales & Events

Lara Ibiricu will also join the team in this new venture, looking after the admin and making sure the booking process is smooth and easy for clients. She will be the point of contact for all enquiries and will be available right up to the day you have your class. Then our knowledgeable chefs will take over for an experience you won’t forget.

Favorite food: Kokotxas con almejas
What’s in her glass: Txakolí

Laura Botero
School Assistant

Laura is a key support during our classes and experiences. She helps the chefs serving and can answer all the questions you may have. She will paire the elaborations with selected wines and suggest more if you are interested.

Favorite food: cheese
What’s in her glass: red wine