José Pizarro has been a chef for 25 years. He has lived in the UK for 20 years, working in some of London’s most prestigious Spanish restaurants, including Eyre Brothers and Brindisa. In May 2011 he opened his first solo venture – José – and later that year opened Pizarro, a few yards away from José. Last year he opened his third restaurant José Pizarro Broadgate and this summer launched Little José in Canary Wharf.
José has appeared on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, ITV James Martin’s Saturday Morning, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and Rick Stein’s Christmas on BBC1.
In May 2014, José was also voted one of ‘100 españoles’ – a hugely prestigious award which showcases the top 100 Spaniards around the world. His restaurant, Pizarro, was also voted #34 in the Restaurant Magazine Awards 2015. Pizarro is a very successful ambassador for brands such as Codorniu, Olive It! Estrella Damm, Cinco Jotas & Sainsbury’s, and most recently judged the Spanish entrants for the world famous Bocuse d’Or competition.
José is the author of five cookbooks, Seasonal Spanish Food and Spanish Flavours with Kyle Books, and BASQUE, CATALONIA and ANDALUSIA with Hardie Grant.
Photograph: Kris Kirkham