Alberto Chicote - Photography by Joan Valera Food Photo

Alberto Chicote

He began his culinary studies at the age of seventeen at the Escuela de Hostelería in Madrid, where he combined his studies with training in some of the best restaurants in the city including: Zalacaín, Lúculo, and La Recoleta.

Upon finishing his studies, he spent a year in Switzerland in order to learn from the maestros of central European cuisine.

Upon returning to Spain, he worked at La Taberna de Liria, El Cenador de Salvador, and as head chef at El Cenachero.

In May 1998, he inaugurated Nodo, a pioneering and widely popular venue that was characterized by its "fusion cooking".

In 2006 he took charge of Pan de Lujo.

Since 2012 most of his time has been spent devoted to television. With Kitchen Nightmare and later Top Chef, Alberto has become one of today´s most influential chefs.


Among the many awards that Alberto has received, we would like to highlight a few:

  • 2005 Madrid Fusion´s Best Chef of the Year Award.

  • 2006 Amer´s (Madrid Restauranteurs´ Association) Best Chef of the Year Award.

  • 2009 El Mundo´s Best Chef in Progression.

  • 2010 El Mundo´s Best Restaurant Award (Pan de Lujo).

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