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Focus on flavors motivated and ready to prove why cooking its my job and my passion.
I am professional chef with nine years of experience. During these years, I have learnt different types of cuisine. One of my first experiences in the kitchen came with my step dad Ciro, originally from Ercolano, Naples. He taught me how to properly treat the ingredients, including fresh pasta and fresh pizza dough, making the best out of them.
I continued improving my skills and learning new techniques in Cartagena, where I attended cooking school for three years. My hometown, La Manga, is by the Mediterranean sea, and it is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. In there, I learnt how to treat the sea products, which are of very high quality.
After finishing my studies in Cartagena, I wanted to learn other languages, discover new places, meet new people, and grow as a person and as a chef. I decided to move to England, and in March of 2013, I went to the lovely village of Fowey in Cornwall. I was fascinated with the quality of the seafood, especially with the mussels and scallops, which were one of the best products I have ever worked with in my entire life.
After my first experience abroad, I moved to different places within the UK, gaining professional experience in several restaurants, including Food for thought (Fowey), Sams in the cite (Truro), Southernhay house (Exeter), Forn (Exeter), Hotel du vin (Exeter), Woodbury Park (Woodbury), Rafaela(Oxford), The Randolph (Oxford). Currently, I work as a agency chef for Oriel College (University of Oxford).
For me, cooking is...
Art and a way to get to peoples harts.
I learned to cook at...
Cartagena cooking school also have food certificates.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Angel Leon one of them because his way of incorporating plankton to cooking.
A cooking secret...
Cook like if it was for me , in the end of the day i always love eating and that's why become my job.
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 Oxford.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Oxford. You name it!
A longer stay in Oxford? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Oxford.
Book your experience with Chef Rafael
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.