Andoni Luis Aduriz is internationally considered one of the most influential chefs of our time. He has always been committed to creativity, innovation and interdisciplinary cuisine. This constant search and exploration has led him to cross the boundaries of the established, to push the limits of gastronomy. This year he has been considered one of the 100 most creative people in the world according to Forbes magazine.
Aduriz has a multidisciplinary attitude, promoting the innovation in cuisine and the most diverse sectors. Founding patron of the Basque Culinary Center, his lectures at forums such as Harvard University and MIT, his membership of the Innobasque Board of Directors and his position as an innovation and creativity mentor at the Madrid Culinary Campus (MACC) reflect the vocation of both Aduriz and Mugaritz to disseminate the knowledge acquired in the field of creativity in organisations, health, perceptions and the food of the future. Since 2018 he has been president of the chefs’ association Euro-Toques España.
Something like this does not happen overnight. Andoni Luis Aduriz was born in San Sebastian in 1971, a city at the very heart of Basque gastronomy. He began his culinary studies, but after a not entirely successful venture into the academic world, the young Andoni began to express himself by means of tastes and textures. Subsequently, Andoni developed his appreciation for both new the Basque cuisine and local produce. On finishing his studies, he went to Catalonia to work in El Bulli, home of one of the world’s most renowned chefs Ferran Adrià. This experience opened a world of possibilities to him.
In 1998, Aduriz embarked alone upon his most risky and satisfactory project: Mugaritz, which has been recognized with 2 Michelin stars since 2006. Mugaritz has become synonymous with R+D and the word “restaurant” has ceased to exist. As Aduriz himself acknowledges “It’s something more”.
Mugaritz closes for four months a year, a window which is devoted almost exclusively to creativity. “It’s a place where we sometimes even serve meals…” The location, with the oak on the border, offers the chef a canvas on which to unleash his creativity, as well as being a place surrounded by tradition and local products. In Mugaritz, Aduriz has managed to achieve a balance avant-garde and traditional Basque cuisine. His refusal to conform has resulted in countless achievements: since 2006 Mugaritz has figured among the top ten in the list of Restaurant Magazine.
As part of his idea of socialization of the kitchen Andoni Luis Aduriz has given classes in Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Basque Country, Deusto University and Alain Ducasse training center in France as well as in the school The Culinary Institute of America in United States, among others.
Regarding dissemination, the chef goes a step further. In addition to the above-mentioned courses, Aduriz has also participated in scientific conferences, such as the Conference on Applied Cognitive Psychology organised by the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language or the in Primary Care Conference. Also, outside the Basque Autonomous Community, the chef was a speaker at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Alicante, the Congress of the International of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and at El futuro X venir, a series of conferences organized by Fundación Telefónica. All of his activity as a trainer, always based on his experience, has made him a role model, a guide who has encouraged teams in many different areas of operation.