Rubén López Mesa

Ruben Lopez Mesa is a chef from the south of Madrid who came to Australia in 2009 and completed his technical qualification in Commercial Cookery Cert. III at Sutherland College, Loftus Campus, NSW. He got several Outstanding Performance Awards between 2010 and 2012 and a Nomination 2012 NSW for Apprentice of the Year. Thanks to his results he was invited to do a Diploma of Hospitality and Management at Sydney Institute TAFE, NSW where he got a Leadership Award Diploma 2012.

After few years working in different restaurants in Sutherland Shire, he moved to Sydney and worked at The Morrison in the CBD, the two-hatted Spanish restaurant MoVida Sydney in Surry Hills, The Vanguard in Newtown, etc.. moving the ladder up until he finally become Head Chef.

Ruben is an energetic chef who loves nothing better than a basket full of local produce to inspire his latest menu. His current home in Orange NSW is rich in a wide range of fresh produce that is often hand-delivered from the grower and is on the plate within a day. This love of fresh, seasonal and local food, combined with the lessons learned from his food-obsessed family, gives him a unique skill at combining local flavours with Spanish techniques.

As a migrant in Australia, he is especially mindful of the experiences of other Spanish chefs living here. That is why in 2018 he founded Eat Spanish, showcasing the new generation of chefs in Australia who are taking the experience in their restaurants and businesses to a new level, by incorporating native products, local produce and regional influences with a clear Spanish take.