We are delighted to be working with Squaremeal and Jazz FM to produce Tio Pepe Tasters – a series of 6 audio interviews with leading chefs, restaurateurs and bar owners. Over the next 6 weeks Ben Mccormack, editor of Squaremeal.co.uk, will chat to guests to uncover the perfect Tio Pepe food matches, recipes and cocktail serves. Listen to the full interviews each week at www.squaremeal.co.uk or catch bite sized snippets featuring throughout the period on Jazz FM.
Critically acclaimed chef José Pizarro is a well-known champion of Spanish cuisine and culture. After the success of his first solo venture, José Tapas Bar, which opened on Bermondsey Street in 2011, he went on to open two further London restaurants: Pizarro (down the road from José Tapas) and José Pizarro at Broadgate Circle.
José grew up with Tio Pepe, first seeing his uncle drinking it on childhood holidays, and today he loves its versatility both as a drink and as an ingredient in his cooking. He uses it in many of his recipes from an almond sauce with meatballs to prawns in garlic and chilli, however, for José there is nothing better than a chilled glass of Tio Pepe and a good Jamon Iberico – a match made in heaven!
César García, Ibérica Restaurants
We kick off the series with César García, Group Head Chef at Ibérica Restaurants. Originally from Asturias, César has been part of Ibérica Restaurants since they first opened in Marylebone. Since then the group has expanded throughout London and into Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow. César explains how he likes to use Tio Pepe in his cooking, from sautéed garlic clams to a cream of artichoke sauce, and to match a wide range of foods and flavours. However, when he gets home late from the restaurant he likes to keep it simple – that is the moment to enjoy a glass of Tio Pepe, fresh from the fridge, with a salad of smoked salmon or avocado.