Our chefs

José Pizarro

A highly experienced chef, José has come on board to bring his Spanish flair to the Olive it! campaign.

Born in Spain, José Pizarro joined the UK culinary scene more than 14 years ago and has worked in some of London’s most prestigious restaurants. But his love affair with the fresh, brightly flavoured dishes of the nuevacocina style of cooking first began when we worked at the award-winning Meson de Doña Filo in Madrid.

“From picking olives with my dad as a child to serving and cooking with olives at my restaurants today, olives have played a key role in my life. Central to my cooking style and my philosophy for simple but great tasting food, olives can be enjoyed by all in many ways and I’m delighted to be supporting the Olive it! campaign to help raise awarenss of this special food.”

In 2011 José opened his first solo venture – a tapas and sherry bar that reflects the culture and tradition of Spain. He has also published two books – Seasonal Spanish Food and Spanish Flavours – to help inspire budding chefs to experiment with the tastes of Spain.

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Ben Tish

Ben Tish is an experienced chef, restaurateur, food consultant, food writer, and cookery teacher.

He’s bee trained with over 20 years experience in the business, Ben spent his formative career working with Michelin starred chefs such as Jason Atherton and Stephen Terry at various London restaurants, learning classical techniques along with inspired culinary innovation. At the Italian restaurant Al Duca in St James, he was awarded as the Best Gastro pub in Scotland by The Independent newspaper and Best Newcomer in the Good Food Guide.

Ben was most recently the Chef Director and Partner for the Salt Yard Group, a group of 5 modern Spanish / Italian restaurants in Central London serving award-winning food in a relaxed environment. During his 11 years experience with the group, he has established himself as the forefront of Spanish / Italian modern tapas scene.

Ben appears regularly on TV including Saturday Kitchen and Masterchef and writes for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and other publications. Ben is a big fan of Spanish culture and cuisine, which has led him to write a book about well known Spanish tapas in his own style called GRILL SMOKE BBQ, with plenty of great Spanish dishes.

Well respected and networked within the restaurant and cooking industry, Ben brings valuable hands-on expertise and connections to everything he touches.

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Omar Allibhoy

Young, talented Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy has teamed up with Olive it! to help us people discover the great taste and versatility of olives.

Born in Madrid, Omar’s passion for food developed at a very early age. “Growing olive trees and harvesting their fruit is a Spanish tradition, with generation after generation passing on their knowledge and recipes. I was only three but I remember having my first olive and how delicious it was,” says Omar.

Growing up, Omar preferred to spend more time cooking than playing with his friends. “I was always whisking something up and being adventurous in the kitchen. Working with Olive it! is something I’m really passionate about and believe in and I look forward to sharing my top olive tips and demonstrating how versatile olives can be! They’re not only a wholesome and flavoursome ingredient but can be used in a whole range of food dishes.”

Omar’s simple food and flair for Spanish cuisine has awarded him recognition within the industry. Described by Gordon Ramsay as the ‘Antonio Banderas of cooking’, Omar has also made numerous TV appearances including Market Kitchen, Masterchef and This Morning and is currently the executive chef at El Pirata Detapas in Notting Hill, London and also has his own restaurant, Tapas Revolution in London’s Westfield Shopping Centre. He has also just launched his first book, Tapas Revolution.

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