Demo kitchen: The True Food of Spain

We’re thrilled to have Brindisa Group head chef, Leonardo Rivera Ruiz, making his debut in the Demo Kitchen

Brindisa was founded in 1988 by Monika Linton, when Spanish gastronomy was almost unknown outside of Spain. Wanting to export the Spanish way of eating to the UK, Monika moved from warehouse to table in 2004 with the opening of her first restaurant, Tapas Brindisa, in Borough Market. As well as the restaurant, Brindisa also trade in Borough Market, with products ranging from the world-famous Ibérico bellota ham and manchego cheese, to lesser-known delicacies such as morcilla and mojama.

Leo is one of the longest-standing team members of the Brindisa kitchens. Over the years, he has trained many of Brindisa’s head chefs and been a constant source of inspiration. Born and raised in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, just outside of Barcelona, he inherited his love of cooking from his grandmother, growing up with a profound respect for produce, seen now in how he showcases ingredients in a very humble way.

Cooking recipes from new book Brindisa—The True Food of Spain, Leo’s dishes will include:
Dressed cockles
Tomato and dried red pepper gazpacho
Salt cod carpaccio and orange salad with capers
Fishermen’s stew with toasted garlic
Pine nut horchata

We can't wait! For professional tips, delicious samples and recipe cards to make the dishes at home, come down and join Leo 12:30-2pm in the Market Hall.