The Godfather of Spanish cooking in the UK
Originally from a beautiful village, Talaván in Cáceres, Extremadura, José has now lived in London for over 18 years, and is often described as the Godfather of Spanish cooking in the UK. José spent his early years here working at some of London’s most prestigious Spanish restaurants including Eyre Brothers, Brindisa and Gaudi. In 2011, José opened his first solo venture, José Tapas Bar on Bermondsey Street. José Tapas Bar is small and cosy venue, inspired by the bustling tapas bars of Barcelona.
Later that year, José launched Pizarro also on Bermondsey Street. He named the restaurant after his grandfather, who had a bar called Pizarro in Talaván. Since then José has since gone on to launch two further openings in the Capital: José Pizarro at Broadgate Circle and pop-up restaurant Little José in Canary Wharf serving tapas and gintonicas.
The man who believes tapas is for all
José believes that tapas is for all, and that home cooks don’t have to be scared off by the idea of cooking lots of dishes – it’s all in the prep & keeping it simple. This mantra of simplicity along with Jose’s charm, enthusiasm and
passion for Spanish food has led to Jose appearing on many of our favourite foodie TV programmes. A regular on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen, José has also appeared on Sunday Brunch, Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, Rick Stein’s Christmas, Food Network’s The Big Eat and James Martin's Saturday Morning.