José Pizarro receives one of Spain’s highest honours

By Joe Lutrario

- Last updated on GMT

Spanish chef José Pizarro receives the Cross of the order of Isabella the Catholic

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High-profile chef José Pizarro has been awarded the Cross of the order of Isabella the Catholic, the Spanish equivalent of a Knighthood.

Pizarro is the first Spanish chef to have received the award, which is given to people who have supported and promoted Spain and her people around the world. 

The chef - who runs a string of highly-rated Spanish restaurants in London and Surrey as well as an outpost in the Middle East - was given the award by King Felipe VI of Spain via the Spanish Ambassador in London at a celebration hosted at the Spanish Embassy last week. 

Pizarro has played key role in popularising high-quality, authentic Spanish cuisine in the UK.

Originally from Extremadura but now London-based, Pizarro helped establish Spanish food supplier Brindisa’s restaurant business leaving in 2009 as executive chef. 

In 2010, he struck out on his own with two Bermondsey Street restaurants: José Tapas Bar and the more formal Pizarro Bermondsey. 

Over the years he has expanded his London portfolio, opening another eponymous tapas bar in The City and a restaurant and bar at Royal Academy of Arts.

He also operates a gastropub in Esher, Surrey, called The Swan Inn. 

Last year, Pizarro made his debut in the Middle East with a restaurant at the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. 

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