Hailing from Valencia, Chef Llaca has a wealth of experience, having led several teams of culinary professionals at many renowned restaurants across three different continents. These include roles as head chef at Vegamar Bodegas in Valencia, The Tapas Bar at J by Jose Andre in Mexico and Quisitapas, Westin Excelsior in Florence.
In 2017, he set his sights on the Middle East, where he held the position of executive chef at both La Liga Lounge in Doha and Mercado Andaluz, St Regis in Amman, Jordan. Prior to joining MasterChef, The TV Experience, Chef Llaca was executive chef at Casa de Tapas, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
“I am delighted to take the culinary reins at MasterChef, the TV Experience and introduce new ideas, innovative cooking techniques and plenty of enthusiasm to the restaurant. I have created a new locally inspired menu, with American, Spanish and Middle Eastern influences using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The menu melds my original dishes and the creations of the MasterChef winners, offering a spectacular experience for our guests. I can’t wait for people to come in and try our new menu, as well as our iconic Mystery Box experience,” said Chef Llaca.