Eduardo Martín Mazas. Food Expert
Eduardo Martín Mazas (1958, Valcarca, Aragón), a chef by profession, owns one of the largest cookbook collections in Spain. His hobby of consulting and purchasing culinary library treasures started while he was studying catering at the Escuela Superior de Hostelería y Turismo de Madrid (Madrid School of Hotel and Catering and Tourism), at just 16 years old.
There he met Manuel Martínez Llopis, a History of Food professor, who inspired him with his passion for studying the culinary work of his ancestors. Martín Mazas decided to research one particular figure in depth: Teodoro Bardají, who he held to be the precursor of modern cooking in Spain. Homage is paid to this distinguished figure, from Aragón and therefore a fellow countryman of Martín Mazas, in a biography and collection of Bardají writings coordinated by Martín Mazas and published in 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. Bardají was one of the first professional Spanish chefs to go to France to learn about the country's cuisine, before returning to Spain to work in the kitchens at the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) and for a number of Spanish aristocrats.
As well as closely studying Bardají's career and being an avid book lover, Eduardo Martín Mazas is owner and chef at the El Gorro Blanco restaurant in Madrid city center. The restaurant's name is a tribute to the first food magazine published in Spain, the first edition of which came out in 1906.
- Teodoro Bardají (Ayuntamiento de Binéfar, 2008)