Jose studied at Westminster Kingsway College where he met the man that introduced him to game, Chef Lecturer and Head of Culinary Arts Michael Hollingsworth. After leaving college and working abroad, Jose worked as a Chef at the House of Commons for over 11 years. During this time, he also worked at some of the top establishments in London, including: Intercontinental Park Lane, Mosimann’s, The Ritz London and the Savoy Grill.
While working at the Commons, he wrote a training manual on cooking game and was asked to give a lecture at the college where he started. Soon after this, Jose took up a lecturing post at Westminster - the same place that Jamie Oliver and Antony Worral Thomson studied. Jose has become one of the leading game chefs in the UK, with knowledge of how to cook game and about its harvest and preparation. Jose’s mission is to teach the chefs of tomorrow about game and its diversity, and to inform men and women on the street about how easy it is to include game in their everyday diet.
Jose travels around the country delivering game demonstrations at fairs, such as the CLA , Holkham and Chatsworth. He delivers bespoke courses on game preparation and cookery in students’ homes. Jose’s other love is the story of food, and he can be often heard telling his students: “All food has a story to tell and we should know that story so that as chefs and customers of supermarkets and shops, we can better understand our food, its providence and how truly special it is.”
Jose is a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs and writes articles for its magazine, The Stockpot. Jose takes Craft Guild Chefs out on visits to experience and see how certain foods are grown, harvested and to give them an understanding on what makes these foods special.
Jose is a keen countryman and lives in Peterborough with his wife, Charlotte, and their son, Luis. He practices most country sports, with falconry and stalking being the ones he loves most.