He was born on September 14, 1977 in Amorebieta, Biscay, in a working family that was closely tied to the kitchen
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.
He began his career at the Baserri Maitea restaurant and passed through many other great restaurant kitchens such as the restaurant Martin Berasategui.
He was head chef at the Etxebarri restaurant and later at Andra Mari where he considers he became a “professional” chef. That same year he was named Champion of Young Spanish Signature Chefs.
Azurmendi received the Q certificate of Spanish Tourism Quality.
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.
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.
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.
That same year, Eneko Atxa wanted to present his cuisine outside of the Basque Country and opened Eneko London.
Eneko Atxa opens the ENEKO restaurant located in Azurmendi’s old location, just above the Gorka Izagirre txakoli winery. 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.