Rafael Cagali


In this episode Justine interviews the inspiring Two Michelin star chef of Da Terra, Rafael Cagali. Originally from São Paulo in Brazil, Rafael started his career in London at the age of 21. Inspired by his Italian heritage, young Cagali then took to Italy to work under Chef Stefano Baiocco at A Villa Feltrinelli where he spent over 3 years. Later in another European excursion, he began growing his career after travelling to Spain to work for Chef Quique Dacosta and Martin Berasategui. 

After returning to England, Cagali joined the team at famed restaurant The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal where he had an honourable stagiare position and after graduating took on the role of their Chef de Partie. From there, he went onto work with Simon Rogan at Fera at Claridges. Leading the Aulis in Fera, Rafael carried on there as head chef. 

In January 2019, Rafael opened his first restaurant Da Terra in Bethnal Green, London. With Cagali as executive chef after only 8 months, and followed by hard work and dedication, Da Terra gained its first Michelin star. And just 1 year later, following a very eventful 2020, the restaurant was awarded their second star in the Michelin guide of 2021. Rafael Cagali’s experimental cuisine is inspired by the flavours of his origins and influences of his culinary experiences throughout his career.

Instagram: @rafacagali and @daterrarestaurant and @elis.ldn

Website: daterra.co.uk and restaurantelis.co.uk

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