Born and raised in Sevilla, Rafael Zafra has been working in the kitchen since he was sixteen. His family used to take care of the old “Posada de Alcala”, a place where he learned about the basic principles, as well as respect and love for the Andalusian style.
Immersed in the Haute Cuisine world, Rafael completed his experience working with chefs like Tristan in Mallorca and Juan Mari Arzak in San Sebastian, while taking many patisserie courses with Paco Torreblanca, who is known as one of the best bakers in Europe.
Back to Sevilla, after his journey through Italy and many places in Spain
After his journey through Italy and many places in Spain, he returns to Sevilla to work in the Hacienda Benazuza at El Bulli Hotel with Rafa Morales. In 2008, Ferran Adrià gave him the approval; so Rafael took the lead as the kitchen chef and collaborates with the El Bulli thanks to his knowledge and the purist Andaluz flavor he added to that project.
His intimate project: Estimar
Nowadays he still works for the Adrià brothers and their new project “Heart Ibiza”, which already won a Sun from the Repsol Guide. In 2015 Rafael opened the doors of his newest and more intimate project: “Estimar” restaurant in Barcelona and Madrid, expressing his purest love for the Mediterranean and giving a special meaning to his precious sea.
Instagram: @rafazafra_ @estimarzafra
Restaurant web site: https://www.restaurante-estimar.com/en-gb/home
Restaurant address: Carrer de Sant Antoni dels Sombrerers, 308003 Barcelona, Spain