Known for being extremely shy and hating publicity as well as being a master of grilling, Victor Arguinzoniz tries to hide away from the world in his small Spanish village. But hide he cannot because Arguinzoniz creates dishes that send people, especially press, directly to him in search of a transformative gastronomical experience.

The self-taught chef grew up on a Basque farm that was void of electricity and heat. Instead, Arguinzoniz watched his family cook over the hearth, and he learned to do the same. Grilling came naturally to him and he uncovered ways to grill foods that one wouldn’t expect.

Michelin was certainly impressed, giving him a star for his hearth-cooked masterpieces.