The Art of Cooking with Fire

(Bittor Arginzoniz. Vivir en el silencio)
Iñaki Arteta | Documentary

2019 | 84 minutes | Spain

Self-taught grill genius Bittor Arginzoniz shares his sources of inspiration and motivation in his world famous restaurant Asador Etxebarri in Spain.


Self-taught Bittor Arginzoniz has achieved world fame as a grill genius with his restaurant Asador Etxebarri, ranked as third best restaurant in the world world in 2019. His personality and the place where he lives make his cuisine unique — minimalism is his trademark. Bittor has revolutionized the way people roast meat, fish, and vegetables. He has a remarkable ability to coax out explosive flavors from seemingly simple ingredients, most of which are grilled over his famous adjustable-height grills. The film offers viewers an exclusive look into Bittor’s way of working, from the obsessive search for the best products to the preparation and cooking. Bittor shares his sources of inspiration and motivation.

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Accessibility for these films was created by DICAPTA and funded under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education- Office of Special Education-OSEP, project “Enhanced Access to Video for Students with Sensory Disabilities through Emerging Technology,” TV Access H327C210001.


"Arteta has achieved an unusal degree of intimacy with Arginzoniz and his family and shows the chef in action in his kitchen, in some scenes never seen before. "— El correo

"Bittor is a person deeply rooted to his land, who sends messages to the world with his special cuisine, based on the ancient way of cooking with fire but with the innovations of these days." — El diario vasco

Main credits

Arteta, Iñaki (film director)
Arteta, Iñaki (screenwriter)
Arginzoniz, Bittor (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editing, Iñaki Arteta.

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San Sebastian International Film Festival - Culinary Zinema; FIPADOC; Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Iñaki Arteta


YEAR: 2019

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Upper Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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