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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.

Check out Jose's recipes