Get to know me better
A passionate, creative and flexible chef with a wealth of professional experience.
I have over 25 years experience as a head chef, both in London and in Spain. I spent many years working in hotels and restaurants on the Costa Blanca, in Valencia (where I'm from), where I have also won a number of competitions in a range of categories including fideua, game and pastry, and taken specialised courses. Like this, I have gained a wide but nuanced knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine. I have continued to develop and expand my skills throughout my career, including completing a Master's degree and working as a chef trainer for three years. I have also trained in Japanese cuisine, namely sushi and ramen, which I regularly make in my spare time. I admire the Japanese way of treating produce with the greatest respect and love to create dishes in the Nikkei style, which fuses Japanese with Peruvian. When I first moved to London in 2013, I spent time working in some excellent restaurants such as Pizarro and La Farola, as well as a year as a pastry chef in the Bulgari Hotel under Alain Ducasse. Since then, I have been part of the team that has opened two successful restaurants, El Ganso and Mio Yatai in Broadway Market, Hackney, and continue to work there as head chef.
For me, cooking is...
My passion and my way of life.
I learned to cook at...
My parents' restaurant in Spain. I studied at the Basque Culinary Centre, earning a Master's Degree in Cooking: Technique, Product and Creativity.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Ferran Adrià, for his creativity and for sharing his knowledge to advance Spanish cuisine to one of the best in the world.
A cooking secret...
Is that I don't have a secret - it's innate.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in London.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in London. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in London.
Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in London.
Book your experience with Chef Marcelo
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.