Karlos Arguiñano was born on September 6th, 1948, in Beasain, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, and is an extremely popular Spanish TV chef with his daily Spanish cooking programme. His devotion to cuisine started when he was a child, helping at home because he was the eldest of four brothers and had a disabled mother. He was one of the first TV chefs in Spain with his cooking show, “La cocina de Karlos Arguiñano”, first on Euskal Telebista, then on Televisión Española, then on Argentine ATC, then on Telecinco and later on Antena 3.
He took over control of the show through his production company Asegarce. Asegarce also controls a big part of the professional Basque pelota business and is one of the owning companies of the TV channel La Sexta. Arguiñano also has had a hotel-restaurant on the beach at Zarautz since 1978. Arguiñano combines recipe preparation with tips, jokes and enthusiastic, if a little off key, singing. His catchphrase is “Rico, rico y con fundamento” (Tasty, tasty and with nutritional value) and he sings a new theme tune to his programme every season.
Before beginning his cookery training, he worked for CAF, a rail car manufacturer at Beasain. When he was 17 years old, he decided to take part in a course at the Escuela de Hostelería del Hotel Euromar where, over three years, he was taught the main principles of cooking by Luis Irizar. There he met some people who have gone on to achieve great success in the world of cuisine, such as Pedro Subijana and Ramón Roteta. His sister Eva Arguiñano has also appeared on TV, usually in the dessert section of his show.
Karlos Arguiñano is a Spanish national treasure and his recipes are tried and trusted all across Spain. He has sold countless books and his cooking programmes are like a fifth family member, always on in the background. This Spanish cooking programme concentrates on simple, economical and traditional Spanish food. Arguiñano is never fussy or over complicated with his recipes, he leaves this to his friend Juan Mari Arzak who has a regular guest slot on his Friday show. Recently he has moved towards more health conscious recipes and features an expert nutritionalist presenter who explains the benefits of each dish.