Having opened Amelia Restaurant in the romantic area of San Sebastián during Spring this year the fearless Chef Paulo Airaudo at the same time created San Sebastián Dinner Series; six collaboration dinners extraordinaire a year, inviting a diverse range of interesting chefs to the majestic and heavily Michelin-accoladed Basque town tucked into the lagoons of Bay of Biscay.

Paulo Airaudo performed two nights of culinary excellence with Latin America’s Best Female Chef Kamilla Seidler in late-April, followed by magic cooking with a second culinary talent; Chef Jonathan Berntsen of “Danish Restaurant of The Year 2016”, 1*Michelin CLOU in Copenhagen, in June.

Latest the ambitious Argentinean chef invited a third esteemed colleague; Executive Chef Owner and New Zealand-native Matt Lambert of 1*Michelin Nolita-hotspot The Musket Room in New York City.

Now Paulo Airuado greets a fourth interesting chef to Amelia, being Dubai Darling and in the Middle East highly praised former ZUMA-Executive Reif Othman of The Experience; a just 12-seat dazzling fine dining counter at PLAY, crowned “The Best Asian Restaurant Experience” this year.

The two chefs create a joint 10-serving “East meets West” tasting menu where they’ll blend their combined cooking experiences, passions and ideas.

Tuesday October 10th.





Born in Singapore, Reif Othman worked in Singapore with One Rochester Group where he was the Group Executive Chef before heading to Dubai to take up his role at ZUMA Dubai. He is the Ex-Regional Executive Chef of Zuma Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Turkey, and was also overseeing Miami and Hong Kong.

While at Zuma Dubai the restaurant was featured on the World’s 50 Best Resaturant List (within the first 100). He left and joined RAW Galadari Holdings with PLAY and then created The Experience which seats only 12.

Reif Othman’s menu at The Experience changes daily depending on the produce he acquires, only using the season’s finest produce sourced mainly form Japan and Europe. Dedicated food runners at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, Kyoto’s Vegetable Market and in Bordeaux for Sturia Caviar.

2016-2017 saw Reif Othman win awards such as “The Best New Comer” by Time Out Magazine, “Best Asian Restaurant” by Time Out Magazine, “Restaurant of The Year” by Time Out Magazine, “Chef of the Year” by WHAT’s On Magazine, “Best Innovative Chef” of the Year by ProChef.




Paulo Airaudo was born in Argentina to a family of Italian immigrants and, since he was 18, has worked in many parts of the world; in Mexico, Peru and many European countries. In Europe he gained experience in restaurants such as Arzak (3*Michelin) in San Sebastián, The Fat Duck (3*Michelin) near London and Magnolia (1*Michelin) in Italy.

Together with Francesco Gasbarro he opened La Bottega – a forward thinking modern trattoria in the historic part of Geneva. Only four months later, in October 2015, the restaurant received its first Michelin star.

Now Paulo Airaudo has opened his first solo restaurant to open in the heart of San Sebastián, where his European adventure originally began.

Chef Airaudo elaborates:

“My family loves San Sebastián. I love San Sebastián. We’re happy here which is the main reason to build this restaurant. At the same time this magical town has the eye of chefs and foodies globally upon it, which in a way makes it possible for me to offer my food to the world.”

At Amelia, Paulo Airaudo does not only pay homage to future generations but also the past, as he cites his grandparents as a huge inspiration for his fascination with cooking.

After 14 years of cooking and seeking culinary excellence all over the world, the nomad chef has finally found his home – even naming the ambitious endeavour after his 2-year-old daughter, Amelia, which means this time he’s here to stay.

This time it’s personal.




What: San Sebastián Dinner Series Vol. 4

Who: Reif Othman (Dubai) and Paulo Airaudo (San Sebastián)

When: Tuesday October 10th

Where: Amelia Restaurant, Calle Moraza, 1B (Ex Prim, 34), San Sebastián

Menu: 10 servings collaboration menu at €90 per person.

Seating times: Reservations begin at 7.30pm until 10.30pm.

Reservations: Through RSVP (press link).




Amelia Restaurant is open for evening service from Tuesday through to Saturday with service beginning 19:30 (7.30pm), as well as for lunch on Friday and Saturday with service beginning 12:30.

The restaurant offers an international, informal but quality driven and modern approach towards cooking, beverages, decor and sound. Amelia serves a constantly changing 10-servings tasting menu at €85, a smaller 7-servings tasting menu at €70, offers a diverse and well-picked winelist, as well as a creatively composed beverage tasting to accompany Chef Airaudo’s menu.

Amelia Restaurant has 40 seats, including 14 open kitchen seats that is offered to diners either as a community seats or for dinner parties.

Amelia Restaurant
Calle Moraza, 1B (Ex. Prim, 34)
20006 Donostia-San Sebastián
+34 943 845 647


The San Sebastián Dinner Series is created in collaboration with:

Bon Vivant Communications is a gastro embassy specializing in culinary diplomacy, dinner parties, cultural marketing, filmmaking and entrepreneurism as well as working close together with luxury hotels, gourmets festivals and bespoke concierges services.

The diplomacy speaks to a strong network of 600 journalists, bloggers and writers, as well as 3000 destination diners around the globe.


Hungry for more? Have a look as this article on Amelia by Honest Cooking.

(artwork at Amelia)