Food Special: Kitchen diva's quiet authority

Voted the best female chef in the world in 2012, Elena Arzak was impressed by the quality of the young chefs she encountered on her first trip to Ireland, writes Ross Golden-Bannon.

8th December, 2013
Elena Arzak: My father believed in me from the beginning and the first plate we made together was when I was 19 years old.'

There are a number of people and events who influence wider society, yet command few column inches or wider television attention. Their commitment to excellence refuses to conform to populist reality-style competitions or headline-grabbing bling.

The Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year Awards is one such event, and Elena Arzak is such a person. The two came together recently when the winners of this year's competition were announced at the Garage Cafe of Google's EMEA...

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