Chef Patron and Creative Director Simon Shaw is a highly respected and accomplished restaurateur with over 35 years in the industry, most notably with his first restaurant, the award-winning El Gato Negro Tapas.
Since opening in 2006, El Gato Negro and Simon have been recognised in multiple industry awards, with El Gato Negro one of the country’s most successful and celebrated modern Spanish restaurants. Canto is his second restaurant, focusing on a more casual offering and elevating Mediterranean tapas alongside his existing signature dishes.
Porto-born Carlos is a highly experienced chef with an impressive career portfolio. After leaving school at 16 for three years of training at culinary college, he worked at Porto’s acclaimed Japanese restaurant Góshò and quickly progressed though the ranks to become Chef de Partie.
After moving to London he joined Japanese restaurant Koya & in 2013 joined Barrafina as Junior Sous Chef – soon promoted to Sous Chef – as Barrafina became the UK’s first Spanish restaurant to gain a coveted Michelin star. In 2016 Carlos became Head Chef of Barrafina in the same year as they retained their Michelin star.
Meeting Simon in a Portuguese restaurant in London they quickly bonded, and Carlos moved north with his young family in 2017, joining El Gato Negro first as Sous Chef then rapidly becoming Head Chef. Carlos always wanted to open a restaurant showcasing Mediterranean tapas, which aligned perfectly with Simon’s ambition.