Meet the Chef
Inspiring chefs bringing flavours to Basco
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Meet the chef
Hola! My name is Javier De La Hormaza, a Basque born, adopted Yorkshire man, trained chef but lifetime cook, lover of food without gels or froths, hospitality professional turned food importer. I am absolutely passionate about Spain and Spanish food and drink, particularly old school Basque dishes and old time Spanish classics. I read and cook with the aim of tasty imperfection. I don’t cook food so it looks pretty, I cook food to stuff my face and please people. Basque cuisine is very close to my heart and my goal is to bring a pinch of its gastronomic culture to a wider audience, which is why I set up this food blog. Basco is me, a Basque. The idea for this blog is to share with you authentic Spanish and Basque recipes you can cook at home. Simple, traditional recipes you will enjoy making and hopefully learn something new on the way.
Javier's Latest Recipes
Oven-Ready Suckling Pig Quarter
Crema de Arroz con Leche
Roast Wagyu Beef with Shallots, Carrots, Beetroots and Rioja Red Wine Sauce
Manchego Cheese Soufflé
Roast Suckling Pig Leg with Cavolo Nero, Chesnuts, Prunes and Brandy Sauce
Affogato de Pedro Ximenez
Bocadillo de Bonito
Barbecued Quail with Celeriac Purée, Raisin and Sherry Reduction
Javier De La Hormaza
Javier is a Basque born, trained chef and hospitality professional, owner of Basco Fine Foods, a Spanish food and drink importer based in Yorkshire. He regularly runs client food and drink events around the country and he is a course tutor at Hartingtons of Bakewell cookery school. Javier’s passion lies on bringing quality Spanish ingredients and recipes to as many people as possible.