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Rene Redzepi: "Arzak Inspired Me to Cook"

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Rene Redzepi: "Arzak Inspired Me to Cook"

Rene Redzepi, chef at the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, has said that it was a memorable meal at the Spanish restaurant Arzak that made him dedicate his life to food.

Speaking at a food conference in the Basque city of San Sebastian, The Olive Press reports that Redzepi said: "“My first big experience with food was eating at Arzaks when I was 15.

“I had saved for a whole year to be able to afford to eat there. It was after having dinner there that I decided to dedicate myself to food."

The chef's restaurant in Denmark has been voted the best in the world three times in a row and his unique style and approach to cooking has seen him become a poster boy for hyper local produce and foraging.

The chef added that San Sebastian is a world leader in food explaining, "many of the world’s most prestigious chefs learned their trade in San Sebastian and there is no significant cook today who has not visited the city in the past.”


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