José and I recorded this remotely and I really wish I’d gone to actually sit with him in his restaurant since he oozes hospitality out of every pore. José is famous for his 3 London restaurants and championing Spanish produce for many decades.
José touches on his books and extensive travels through Spain and just how much he loves meeting other great humans and ensuring that their recipes are recorded and handed on to the next generations. We chat about his upbringing and some lovely memories about the smell of coffee and churros from his mum in the kitchen, who is now 87 years of age and still going strong.
We talk about food culture in Spain and the UK and how we can try and improve our connection to food, particularly when you think of things like childhood obesity. I also find out that Jose’s middle name is Manuel and with a restaurant already called José, Pizzaro and José Pizaro I for one think it’s time he used his middle name for the next one. Oh yes, and then there is Olive Oil. We definitely learn a few things about that.