As well as enjoying and indulging in fine Spanish produce at last weekend’s fantastic Campo Viejo Streets of Spain festival, I also spoke to one of the event’s celebrity chefs: Omar Allibhoy from Tapas Revolution.
Omar is well known in culinary and gastronomic circles as being one of the UK’s brightest young chefs. His pedigree is second to none. Having been trained under the watchful eye of legendary three Michelin starred chef, Ferran Adria of El Bulli, Omar worked as Head Chef at West London’s renowned El Pirata Detapas. He is now the owner of critically acclaimed Tapas Revolution, which has branches in Westfield London and Bluewater.
Aside from being a chef par excellence, Omar is also involved with a higher calling in the form of a different, more literal kind of Tapas Revolution. When he arrived in the UK, he was surprised by the lack of Spanish food (compared to other ethnic cuisines) that was being served in restaurants and cooked by people in their homes. This prompted Omar’s ambitious decision and mission to popularise Spanish food and culture across the length and breadth of the country. One of his innovative, creative strategies for achieving this involved a motorbike road trip…
As well as telling me more about the Streets of Spain Festival and his Tapas Revolution, Omar also enlightened me about the essence of traditional Spanish cuisine and the historic origins of Tapas culture.