Josu Zubikarai is the executive chef of SER in Arlington, Virginia, where he serves Spanish comfort foods from a modern perspective. SER's menus are heavily influenced by Chef Josu's Spanish upbringing, boasting authentic ingredients and refreshing takes on traditional dishes.
Chef Josu grew up in San Sebastian in Basque Country - a town on the Northeast coast of Spain - in a family of cooks and restaurant owners. In the 1990s, Chef Josu accrued high acclaim as the chef and owner of Taverna de Alabardeno, a Spanish fine-dining restaurant in Washington DC. That experience helped set the stage for his success in opening and running SER.
These creamy morsels, a popular dish for Spanish mothers to make with their children, are created by deep-frying thickened béchamel sauce dotted with chicken and Serrano ham.
This popular bar food is found throughout Spain; the spiciness of the paprika and peppers give these potatoes their designation as “brava,” or brave.