Saturday, July 4, 2015
Chef Tómas Urrialde
Tómas Urrialde was the founder of the Association of Segovia Chefs , the oldest in the country, and co-founder of the National Association of Chefs of Spain.
He was named 'Favorite Chef of Segovia' in November 2007 after an emotional popular tribute and receiving the Government of Spain's Medal of Merit at Work.
Tómas Urrialde was a chef for 42 years and chef de cuisine of Hotel Los Arcos.
At a time when vegetables were considered little more than cattle fodder in the 1970’s, the great chef found ways to popularize vegetables and beans. He was the first Spanish chef to write a book on the use of mushrooms.
Tómas died in 2010 after suffering from Alzheimers disease and is remembered for his easy-going walk, his large handlebar moustache and the always present black beret with which recalled his Basque ancestry.