José Pizarro has lived in the UK for 15 years and in that time has worked at some of London’s most prestigious Spanish restaurants including Eyre Brothers, Gaudí and Brindisa, where he set up and ran the tapas bars. In June 2011 he opened his first solo venture to great critical acclaim – José, a tapas and sherry bar. The following November he opened Pizarro restaurant. In 2015, José opens his first restaurant in the City of London.
José appears regularly on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and has also appeared on UKTVFood’s Market Kitchen. Recently he appears in Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose. His first book Seasonal Spanish Food, published in Autumn 2009 by Kyle Cathie , was very well received. He followed this up in 2012 with his book Spanish Flavours published by Kyle Books – which garnered rave reviews from the British and Spanish press.
In May 2014 José was also 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.
Pizarro is the face of Tapas Fantasticas and is also a very successful ambassador for brands such as Codorniu, Olive It!, Estrella Damm, Cinco Jotas & the Olive Oil Producers from Spain / The Good Life Embassy.
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