On Sunday 21 October from 12:30pm to 6:30pm we will be hosting Santiago Lastra at the studio for Tacos & Antojitos! Santiago is a young nomadic Mexican chef with a passion for combining his native customs with local ingredients. Bringing a sense of Mexican celebration to his cuisine, Lastra merges traditional recipes from his homeland with regional produce to create vibrant, flavoursome dishes.
For the past year Santiago has been travelling the globe, taking up guest chef invitations at high profile establishments including London’s Tate Modern and Carousel , Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen, Meteri in Italy and Neolokal in Istanbul. His reputation preceding him, he was also invited to return to his homeland to launch Noma Mexico in 2017 as project manager and Rene Redzepi’s right-hand man; sourcing exceptional ingredients from unassuming small-scale producers across the country and Right After that he decide to move to London where he has been developing research trips arounf the uk, to learn about the landscape and nature of the Island and close deals with producer and suppliers.
Deeply tied to his roots, Santiago began his professional career in Mexico City at the tender age of 15. Here he worked with acclaimed chefs Josefina Santacruz and Federico Lopez before moving to Spain to study at the Basque Culinary Centre. From there, he notably spent time at internationally acclaimed restaurants Mugaritz (Spain, one of the official ’50 Best’) and Bror (Copenhagen), before following his passion – undertaking a research project at the Nordic Food Lab titled ‘the secret of the tortilla’ , creating tortillas with local Scandinavian grains.
Already winning accolades and recognised as one of San Pellegrino’s top ten young Scandinavian chefs 2015, representing Denmark, Santiago is also exceptionally well- travelled. His culinary skills have taken him to more than eighteen countries worldwide, including Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Budapest, Spain and Russia. Over the years Santiago has also hosted guest chef residencies and pop-ups at restaurants and festivals including Mume* Taipei, Postrivoro and Wooding in Italy, Taste of London and 15 Kitchen and Bar in Moscow.
This year, he has been invited to attend the Venice Carnival with Mattachino, Fontegro and Wine Fest in Ukraine, Soho house in Istambul, Almeni and wooding bar in Italy, and also making lessons and collaborations in Taste of London, The Groucho Club, soho house, and Le Cordon Blue in London and also hosted this summer chef tables and dinners in festivals like Wilderness and Px+
He will soon open KOL his first solo restaurant in London next year. However, in the meantime, if you want to taste delicious Mexican food, click the button below. We look forward to seeing you all on the 21 October for some smashing Tacos & Antojitos!