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Growing up in Bilbao in Spain’s Basque region, Nieves Barragán learnt from an early age all about the regions produce and cuisine. Moving to London in 1998 she began work at Simply Nico. In 2003 she joined Sam and Eddie Hart as sous chef at Fino. Progressing to the role of executive chef ahead of the launch of the first Barrafina restaurant on London’s Frith Street. As executive chef for both Fino and Barrafina for ten years, Nieves oversaw the launch of two further Barrafina restaurants (Covent Garden and Adelaide Street) and in 2014 was awarded a Michelin Star for Barrafina Frith Street.
February of last year saw Nieves opening her own restaurant, Sabor in London, with Jose Etura and just eight months after opening the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star. The restaurant takes diners on a journey around Spain from the tapas bars of Andalucia through to the asadors of Castile and the seafood restaurants of Galicia. In the words of Grace Dent “this is testament to Barragán and Etura – some of the best Spanish food in Great Britain”.