HOMETOWN: Valencia, Spain
CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Valencia, Spain
OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Executive Chef/Owner, La Salita
LAST SEASON: Winner, “Top Chef Spain,” Season 1
Begoña Rodrigo is the Executive Chef and Owner of La Salita, a one Michelin-starred restaurant in Valencia, Spain. While studying industrial engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, she decided to leave university to follow her passion for food and travel. When she was 20 years old, Begoña traveled to Amsterdam in search of new experiences and started working in the kitchen at the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel under Executive Chef Nick Reade. She worked in the Netherlands for eight years before moving to London where she worked at the restaurant Aquarium. Her extensive experience comes from years of training and traveling around the world looking for new flavors. Competing on season one of “Top Chef Spain,” she takes pride in being the first winner. At her restaurant La Salita, Begoña conjures up two tasting menus featuring defined flavors with an elegant touch.