We invite you to learn about the history of Eneko Atxa. Join us on this adventure that begins with your first steps, going from the opening of Azurmendi in 2005 and continuing on to this day.

1977

He was born on September 14, 1977 in Amorebieta, Biscay, in a working family that was closely tied to the kitchen

1992

He studied at the hospitality school in Leioa, Biscay, although Eneko had already made his first steps in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother.

1994

He began his career at the Baserri Maitea restaurant and passed through many other great restaurant kitchens such as the restaurant Martin Berasategui.

2000

He was head chef at the Etxebarri restaurant and later at Andra Mari where he considers he became a “professional” chef.

In 2002 he was named Champion of Young Spanish Signature Chefs.

2005

Along with his uncle Gorka Izagirre, they opened the Azurmendi restaurant in Larrabetzu, Biscay.

2006


Azurmendi received the Q certificate of Spanish Tourism Quality.

2007


First Michelin star for Azurmendi.

2010


Second Michelin star for Azurmendi.

2012


Inauguration of the bioclimatic building, and with it, the third Michelin star for Azurmendi***.

2013

“Q” Award for Tourism Quality 2012 at Eneko Atxa’s Azurmendi restaurant for their business work.

2014

Azurmendi***is named the Most Sustainable Restaurant by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and is seventh in the world ranking by Elite Traveler magazine. It also enters the world ranking in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and is ranked 26th.

2015

Azurmendi*** is named the Best Restaurant in Europe by Opinionated About Dining (OAD) and the third best restaurant in the world according to Elite Traveler. Also Eneko Atxa was recognized as the Best Chef under 40.
It continues to ascend positions in the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and lands at 19th best in the world.
In addition, Leadership in Energy and Enviromental Design (LEED) awards them the Silver Certification for design and construction.

2016

Eneko Atxa wins the 2015 National Gastronomy Award for Best Chef.
Azurmendi*** is named second best restaurant in the world and first in the Spanish state by Elite Traveler magazine and is ranked 16th in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
It is also named tenth best restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor and second best in the country. As if that were not enough, Azurmendi received the National Award for Hospitality Company committed to Sustainability by the Federation of Hospitality Companies of Spain.

2017

Eneko Atxa opens the ENEKO restaurant located in Azurmendi’s old location. In November the new ENEKO restaurant is recognized with a Michelin star.
He also continues with his international expansion and opens the restaurant ENEKO Tokyo.
Azurmendi*** is the Best restaurant in the world according to Elite Traveler magazine and is also ranked 38th in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

2018

Azurmendi wins the Most Sustainable Restaurant Award by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

2019

Eneko Atxa wins Best Chef Award 2019 in Europe by Madrid Fusion.

14th at the world ranking by  The World´s 50 Best Restaurants.

Opening of ENEKO Lisboa and Basque Lisboa.

Eneko Atxa wins the National Prize for Healthy Gastronomy to the Most Outstanding Personality 2018.

2020

 First Michelin star for ENEKO Lisboa.

 Azurmendi wins a green star for its commitment to sustainability.

 ENEKO wins a green star.

2021

Eneko Atxa wins the first ‘Sustainable Sun‘ Award from the Repsol Guide.

Azurmendi wins the Sustainability Award from Madrid Fusión.

Opening of BASQUE restaurants in Seville and Brussels.

2022

Opening of NKO restaurant in Bilbao.

Eneko Atxa receives the ‘MadBlue Cinco Océanos’ 2022 Award for his work in sustainability.

Eneko Atxa, Sustainability award from Gentleman magazine.