Irene was born and raised in Bilbao. She has a deep rooted passion for her country and culture. Zachary is from Michigan, USA, and became enamored with the Basque Country after travelling here with Irene. Prior to starting The best of Basque Irene and Zachary worked at a luxury private island resort in the Caribbean.

Zachary earned a Bachelors degree in economics from DePaul University in Chicago, and Irene holds a Masters degree in education from the University of the Basque Country. Irene and Zachary have a common interest for experiencing new cultures and travelling, having visited over 50 countries throughout the world.