• Culinary Zinema, San Sebastian Int'l Film Festival

  • Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

  • Devour! The Food Film Fest, Canada

  • Vilnius Int'l Film Festival

  • FIPADOC Int'l Doc Film Festival

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Spanish with English subtitles - Spanish language audio description available *

Self-taught, Bittor Arginzoniz has achieved world fame as a grill genius with his restaurant Asador Etxebarri, ranked number 3 of the world’s best restaurants 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, or vegetables. He has a remarkable ability to coax out explosive flavor from seemingly simple ingredients, most of which are grilled over his famous adjustable-height grills.

The Art of Cooking with Fire offers viewers an exclusive look into Bittor’s way of working, from the obsessive search for the best product to preparation and cooking. Bittor shares his sources of inspiration and motivation.

* Spanish language audio description available via All4Access App and/or .wav file when purchasing a DSL license.

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 unusual 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

About the Director
Iñaki Arteta (Bilbao, Spain. 1959) has been working since 1986 alternating cinema, advertising, and photography. In 1988 he set up the production company Leize Producciones.

He is a producer of commercials and director, screenwriter, and producer of full-length documentaries for which he has received numerous awards, among them, Trece entre mil (2005), nominated for the Best Documentary Goya, El Infierno Vasco (2008), Best Documentary Award from the Spanish Film Writers and Critics Circle, Testigo Involuntario. Nicolás Redondo (2012), selected for the Tiempo de Historia section at the Valladolid Festival, and 1980 (2014), included in the San Sebastian Festival’s cycle, The Act of Killing. Cinema and global violence, in 2016.

He is a member of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences.

Notes on Film

“I was really interested in exploring such a reflective personality. Many of his answers surprised me and even himself. Bittor is where he wants to be. What makes him feel well is the certainty that he has everything under control. He has a very small team that fits very well together, and this is reflected in the quietness and calm of his kitchen. Our work consisted of keeping track of what he did for a whole year in different moments of his life. I placed myself in a little corner and I tried to become camouflaged so as not to interrupt the natural order of things. My idea was to search for the spontaneity and simplicity of his kitchen.”

– Iñaki Arteta, Director