Careers at Barrafina

At Barrafina there is a unique dynamic between the kitchen, the front of house team and the customer. Angel and Aurelija are happy to hear from enthusiastic candidates who have drive and passion and want to work in an energetic and friendly restaurant environment. In return they offer competitive salaries, career development and training.

To see our current vacancies for both waiters and kitchen positions, please click here.

Sam & Eddie Hart


Sam & Eddie Hart were born into the hospitality business. Their father, Tim Hart and Mallorcan raised mother Stefa Hart, own and operate the renowned Michelin starred Hambleton Hall in Rutland. Before opening their first restaurant, Fino, Eddie spent time living and working in Madrid and travelling around Spain. During this time his brother Sam was living in Mexico City running his own successful nightclub.

On Sam’s way back to London he met up with Eddie in Spain and it was not long before they both arrived back in London in search of a site to create something inspired by Cal Pep in Barcelona. They ended up with a much larger site that would become Fino. However, a few years later, in 2007 they opened Barrafina on Soho’s Frith Street, the perfect size for their concept. They opened the second Barrafina on Adelaide Street in July 2014 and the third on Covent Garden’s Drury Lane.

Sam now operates the restaurants with younger brother James and business partner Crispin Somerville, whilst Eddie lives in Palma and has opened restaurant El Camino over there. Sam, James and Crispin opened the fourth Barrafina at Coal Drops Yard in October 2018.

Angel Zapata-Martin

Executive Head Chef

Barcelona-born Angel joined us in April 2017, bringing extensive cooking experience to Barrafina from all over the world. He has previously been sous chef at Santi Santamaria’s three Michelin-starred Catalan restaurant, Can Fabes, in Barcelona and as well as head chef and teacher at Barcelona’s internationally recognised Hofmann School and its one Michelin-starred restaurant. Angel was most recently a private chef, working in Ibiza, San Tropez, Mégeve and London scouring local markets for the best ingredients to make dishes for his illustrious clients, but he felt the calling back to the buzz of a restaurant kitchen. Luckily for us, his exceptional talent and boundless energy immediately made Angel an indispensable part of the team.

Aurelija Sovaite

Group General Manager

Aurelija has been a part of the Barrafina team since January 2013. She moved from Lithuania to the UK in 2009 to study History & Politics at the University of Nottingham. While there she worked at Hart’s, the restaurant owned by Sam & Eddie’s parents, renowned restaurateurs Tim & Stefa Hart. She quickly developed a taste for a life in hospitality and when she moved to London she was pleased to continue working within the family group. She has been with the Hart brothers since, gaining tremendous respect from staff and guests for her passion for hospitality and service. Aurelija loves the interaction with the guests at Barrafina and the theatre of the dining experience.