Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil with Italian family heritage, Rafael commenced his career in London at the age of 21. He then worked in Spain and Italy under the guidance of renowned Michelin/ 50 best chefs like Stefano Baiocco, Quique Dacosta and Martin Berasategui. Rafael then returned to the UK to work with Heston Blumenthal and Simon Rogan. He currently co-owns and runs Da Terra, a creative endeavour in London that gained its first Michelin star within 8 months of opening. A second Michelin star followed in 2020.