Eneko Atxa left his hometown of Amorebieta, Spain, to attend hospitality school. In 1994, he joined the staff at Baserri Maitea and within six years landed a role as head chef at Etxebarri. That year, he was named Champion of Young Spanish Signature Chefs.

Five years later, with the support of his uncle, Atxa opened Azurmendi. Two years later, Axta celebrated his first Michelin star. It took only two years to receive his second and another two years to be awarded his third star.

His restaurant is considered one of the best in the world, and Axta continues to rack up awards for his haute cuisine.