Monica Gil Ruiz is a Spanish Londoner. She was born in Bilbao and was brought up by her grandparents in a very foodie family in Trespaderne, a small village in the North of Spain. It was her grandmother who inspired her love for good food and cooking.
Monica moved to London in 2003 and after working in the city for over 10 years, she decided to pursue her passion for food, gave up her job and enrolled in Leith's School of Food & Wine, where she trained for a year.
Since then, Monica has worked in some of the top restaurants in the UK, taught cookery classes and was also one of the founders of amba chefs, a bespoke catering company founded in 2015.
During this time her Spanish origins flourished and she realised there was a demand for creative Spanish/Basque inspired cuisine married with amazing British seasonal produce and traditions. It was then that the London Basque Kitchen was born. LBK is a creative and bespoke catering company delivering beautifully presented, uncomplicated, flavoursome food and unique experiences across London.
LBK not only offers the best of both British and Spanish/Basque flavours but also offers creative worldwide cuisine inspired by her travels and international exciting ingredients.
We believe in the personal approach so after your enquiry we will call you or organise a meeting so we can find out a bit more about what your are looking for, your favourite cuisine/dishes or the kind of event your want to host.
All our menus are bespoke, seasonal and tailored for your event. We can also help you finding the perfect venue for any kind of event; wedding, corporate entertaining night, team building workshop, special celebration dinner, for your product launch or breakfast meeting
Our ethos focuses on using the best seasonal and artisan Spanish and British produce that we have carefully sourced focusing on a very close relationship with our selected suppliers.
Spanish cooking is all about its great ingredients so we are very proud to work closely with the top Spanish produce importers.
What we do
Monica and her grandmother in Trespaderne, 1981