Bala Baya’s Head Chef Eran Tibi is the epitome of modern Israeli cooking. Descended from a family of countless global origins and cuisines, every bite of Eran’s food reflects the ferocious energy and inventive spirit of his self-elected hometown, Tel Aviv.
Israeli-born Eran’s earliest memories comprise trimming okra tips with his mother from the minute he could hold a knife, and helping his father in the family bakery, building upon generations of baking expertise. Food wasn’t just part of the Tibi family’s daily routine, it was an all-encompassing way of life.
Trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Eran began his career in the UK working for four years at Ottolenghi under the tutelage of Sami Tamimi, enriching his knowledge of middle eastern cuisine. Rising quickly through the ranks, Eran departed to work with close friend Josh Katz [now of of Berber & Q], to set up Made in Camden at the Roundhouse, named by AA Gill as one of his top restaurants in 2011. More recently, Eran worked alongside Josh as part of the founding team at the acclaimed ZEST@JW3, rapidly gaining a loyal following and crowned by Giles Coren in 2013 as the best restaurant to open in North West London for a decade. Eran and Josh were then announced as runners up in the Tatler Restaurant Awards for Best Rising Star Chef.