With equal amounts of passion and creativity, Chef/owner Ricardo Zarate crafts his inspired cuisine using market-fresh ingredients and a vast knowledge of food gained while working in some of Londonâ€™s top restaurants. From the defining kitchen of Zarateâ€™s childhood home in Lima, Peru, this chef has been creating sublime, memorable meals for serious food lovers for over 15 years. Zarate success can be traced to his modest roots. One of 13 siblings, all the children were expected to help in preparing the family meals. Lima, having been a center for trade for centuries, was a melting pot for all types of cuisines and food products and young Zarate began experimenting much to the delight of his family. At the age of 17, he realized his love of history could be combined with his passion for cooking. Zarate applied and was accepted to the cityâ€™s top private culinary school, the Institute of the Americas where he received his three-year certificate. Soon after he graduated, he headed to London.