About me

My name is David Lopez. I am a chef.

I was born in La Rioja, Spain, but grew up in San Sebastian. It is where I studied to be a chef. I have also lived in the UK, for more than a decade.

I have worked and trained with many prestigious establishments, ranging from three Michelin star restaurants to Five Star Hotels.

I am currently based in Bacolod City, Philippines managing my Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Txacho.

I have always loved food ever since I can remember. My biggest inspiration is my mother, who is a great cook. Another inspiration of mine is my father. Well….maybe he is not a good cook, but at least, he knows his wine and he loves food.

I love to travel. I love Asia most especially – the food and the culture here, is unbelievable. But don’t get me wrong I love the world and all its food, culture and everything.

In this blog you would see a lot of my own cooking as well as other stuff, including food from my travels, from restaurants, tapas bars, pintxos bars and a lot more.

I hope you will enjoy it and please write comments and feedback.

David Lopez.


17 comments for “About me

  1. Rafa
    May 4, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Que hambre me ha dado ver las fotos!!.

    Ya te he puesto en favoritos y pensando en ponerte como página de inicio jejejejej.

    • May 4, 2011 at 10:15 am

      Ha, Ha, Ha, siempre tienes hambre, animate y pon la pagina como principal.

  2. Oiane
    May 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Muy buena pinta.

  3. Ali
    May 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Arrived at your web site through Delicious. You know I will be signing up to your feed.

    • May 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks you Ali! Looking forward to hearing more from you.

  4. May 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks a bunch for spending some time to describe the terminlogy towards the starters!

    • May 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you Barrett for your feedback!! Will describe more recipes soon!

  5. May 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Me encanta tu blog David… me pasare mas amenudo
    Sigues en Donosti? a ver si coincidimos en algun sitio para organizar una cenita tu y yo ( ya que empezamos juntos)jjejejeej
    Un saludo amigo

    • May 19, 2011 at 9:50 am

      Cuando quieras Pol, sera un honor…. menudo hotel que os habeis montado en Morocco. Mandame fotos y las cuelgo !!!

  6. Fernando Carbajal
    June 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    David, muy buena iniciativa! Ahora tienes que viajar para completarlo. Ya te he dado un motivo..

    en Malasia me flipo la comida!! je, je

    • June 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Eso eso Fer!!! a ver si te vienes conmigo!!! este verano thailanda!! un abrazo!

  7. Fernando
    June 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Ese Pol! pásame el link a tu hotel ! igual te visito un día..

    un abrazo,

  8. Indre
    June 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Well done David!!!

  9. Mel
    June 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Hi David, great blog! I was wondering if you could email me directly as I want to ask your advice on sourcing a head chef from the basque region! thanks for you help, Mel

  10. Theresa Nguyen
    October 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Hi David, I think we have some things in common. I am Vietnamese and my boyfriend’s family is from Bilbao. I grew up cooking since I was 7 so I LOVE FOOD! My younger sister is a chef in San Francisco. I came across your website because the challenge is cooking for a Basque man who has a very particular affinity for his native flavors. Thank you for the great recipe ideas and I appreciate the fusion of flavors because that’s what it is like in our home. Best wishes!

  11. Susan goldstein
    March 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Had a fantastic lunch today at kokotkas!

  12. William Kopke
    November 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm


    Wow, I am glad to find your site. You have given me many recipes that I have wanted for a long time. I have MANY questions, as I have not lived in Bilbao/San Sabastian for over 35 years, but still miss the food. Back then, Angulas were inexpensive, but not popular except by the Basque. My “Spanish Grandfather” used to say, “Angulas would be gourmet food if they only cost more!” He should be alive today! Squid in Black in Sauce was a very rare, but special dish, served on Sundays.
    I love to cook. My cousin was Charlie Trotter (Rest In Peace) so it runs in the family.
    Do you have the recipe for (I don’t know the name.) the savory first plate that was looked like a ravioli stufffed with a ground fish, served in a cream sauce with a grated hard cheese (Parmesan?) on top?
    Can one make Cuajada at home?
    How about Chocolate con Churros (there are no Chorroias in the USA!) The hardest part is getting the Chocolate correct.
    How about a recipe for Brazo de Gitano para Navidades?

    I now live in St. Petersburg, FLORIDA, but still miss the foods of Bilbao.


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