José Pizarro has lived in the UK for 16 years and is the Godfather of Spanish cooking in the UK. In that time, he has worked at some of London’s most prestigious Spanish restaurants including Eyre Brothers, Brindisa and Gaudi.
In May 2011 he opened his first solo venture to great critical acclaim – José – his proudest moment yet. Later that year he opened Pizarro, a few yards away from José. José was planning to become a dental technician in Spain but realised his love of food was bigger than his love of dentistry and completed one year of catering school in Cáceres before working in a restaurant local to his home town. In 1997 Pizarro moved to Madrid to the award-winning Meson de Doña Filo where he cooked nueva cocina and began his love affair with fresh, brightly flavoured dishes.
Jose is a regular on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, as well as appearing on UKTVFood’s Market Kitchen and Rick Stein’s Christmas on BBC1.
In May 2014 José was voted one of ‘100 Españoles’ – a hugely prestigious award which showcases the top 100 Spaniards around the world, based on how they have brought their talents to the masses and how they have shown their Spanish pride and love of the country through their work. José has also been awarded a number of other fantastic accolades: ‘Ontrade personality of the year’ 2012 by Harpers Magazine, ‘Newcomer of the Year’ 2012 by Food and Travel Magazine Awards, ‘Restaurant of the Year’ 2012 by Food and Travel Magazine Awards, and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ 2012 by World Food Awards.
José’s first book, Seasonal Spanish Food, was published in Autumn 2009 by Kyle Cathie to great critical acclaim. José’s second book, Spanish Flavours, came out in Autumn 2012.
He opened his long-awaited third restaurant, José Pizarro at Broadgate Circle, in the heart of the City last year, proving immensely popular. 2016 has been just as exciting; with his third book, BASQUE, released in March, showing José travel and take inspiration from the Basque Country.