Having attempted a degree course in Architecture without much success, I decided to try my hand at the Advanced School of Hotel Management and Tourism in Madrid, specialising in cuisine.
In those years, 1991 to 1994, I combined my studies with work practice in different companies – the Hotel Palace in Madrid, under the direction of Francisco Rubio; El Amparo restaurant in Madrid, managed by Segundo Alonso and in charge of a section of the restaurant; the Bodegón Alejandro restaurant managed by Martín Berasategui. I also worked in the Mar de Alborán restaurant in Benalmádena, Malaga, which would later form part of my future.
In June 1992 I met Salvador Gallego who gave me the opportunity to be Chef of his restaurant, where I remained for the next four years.
From 1995 to 1999 I was manager of the Mar de Alborán restaurant in Benalmádena, where I learned how to run a business and from there worked as gastronomic adviser to another three Málaga restaurants and also found time for the School of Cuisine. All thanks to the support I was given by the owners of the business, the Aguirre family.
In January 2000, I returned to Madrid where I won the region’s Cuisine Championship, going on to represent the region in the Spanish Cooks Championship, organised by Young Restaurant managers of Europe and the classifier for the Paul Bocuse World Cuisine Championship.
I won the classification of Spanish runner-up.
I went on to become Chef of the Hotel AC – Santo Mauro, the post which I presently occupy and for which I am grateful to Javier Oyarbide.
I am still in charge of the kitchen of this Hotel at the present time and I am also the gastronomic adviser to the hotel chain and Juan Salado´s Carta Maestra company.
The latest project set up with my friends Alberto Chicote, Chef of the NODO restaurant in Madrid and Stephan Oeller, president of the NORAK business group, is Rescoweb – Portal of and for Hotel Business professionals which aims to ease and increase work security for professionals of this sector.