About the chef2019-09-09T21:27:40+01:00



Before opening his own signature restaurant in the heart of Barcelona, our chef Ilya Fattakhov had acquired extensive international experience. Born in Uzbekistan, to a family of Russian origin, since early childhood Ilya has been in touch with different cultures and cuisines. Ilya developed an early love of cooking traditional Uzbek dishes. Uzbek cuisine, although not quite well-known to the Occidentals, is very appreciated in Eastern Europe and Central Asia thanks to its great diversity and richness of flavors as well as its genuine recipes. For many centuries Uzbek gastronomy gathered exotic flavors from the surrounding countries under the influence of the Great Silk Road. Some dishes are quite laborious and require many years of experience and advanced culinary skills for their preparation.



Ilya’s growing interest in fine dining turned into a professional vocation when in 2000 he moved to London to do his NVQ in food preparation and cooking.
Ever since cooking has been a part of the young chef’s life and career. During the next 15 years of his London experience, Ilya worked at fine dining restaurants, luxury hotels, and exclusive catering companies. His Michelin star career really took off when he started working under chef Igor Tymchyshyn at restaurant Mirabelle – Chef Marco Pierre White.

During his London career chapter, in 2009, Ilya was part of the opening of Eight Members Club Moorgate as the Senior Sous Chef. Then in early 2010, he was promoted to a Head Chef and later, during the same year to Executive Head Chef of the club.

Ilya’s worldwide experience

Led to the opening of Ilya Restaurant in Barcelona

In 2014, on the path of the discovery of Mediterranean flavors, Ilya moved to Barcelona and started working for a famous French chef Romain Fornell in Caelis restaurant, where Ilya spent three years creating, innovating and experimenting in the Michelin-starred kitchen.

Always looking for new sources of inspiration and fusion formulas, Ilya went to do a working experience to Mugaritz in San Sebastian and Michel Sarran in the South of France, each of them holds two Michelin stars. In early 2017, Ilya embarked on a culinary adventure to Southeastern Asia and Japan to get hands-on experience in street food preparation.

Ilya’s worldwide experience, commitment to his work and striving for innovation has led to the opening of Ilya restaurant in Barcelona, which is serving a variety of tapas-style dishes using only the best local seasonal ingredients.

When in Raval, make sure to stop by Ilya’s to find out what the chef has got cooking and you will be surprised with some of the traditional tapas-style dishes that just taste better. You are going to want more!