My passion for food started at a young age. You see, my parents owned a restaurant and a hotel so at an early age, I was introduced to my father’s business. One might say hospitality runs in my blood.
Having Spanish and Italian parents hard work was expected. I was not raised with the same luxuries many children are showered with today so I had to go out and earn my pocket money. Naturally I gravitated towards the kitchen.
Equipped with not much else except my knowledge of Spanish and Italian and their cuisines I set out in search for a job. The first job I landed was in a little bakery in Scotland. It was love at first sight! The smell of fresh bread ignited the passion brewing inside me. I worked before and after school.
Once I saved up enough money and was old enough, I decided I wanted to travel and experience new cuisines but above all I just wanted to learn, I was starving for knowledge. Armed with my Sabatier knieves and Repetoire de le Cuisine (chefs dictionary) I set off to France followed by Spain and Italy, last but not least USA. After a dozen years or so I came back to the UK. Having worked in some of the top restaurants and being privy to working along side some of the best chefs my drive was kicked into high speed.
I wasn’t ready to settle down at one establishment just yet. I realized that the British cuisine had evolved in my absence and I had a lot of catching up to do! So I decided to offer my services for free (stag) at the top Michelin star restaurants in the UK.
Once I was satisfied with what I had learnt with some of these wonderful and creative chefs, I went back to Scotland where I settled down and took my first job as a head chef. It was critically claimed as one of the jewels in Edinburgh.