I met Sergio in 2008, we were both working in Nobu London at the time. We have been a team ever since.
He has learned the art of pastry over the last 11 years . Sergio initially went to Escuela Superior de Hostelería de Sevilla for 4 years to then study’d with some of the worlds best pastry chefs, Mateu Casana and Andres Conde from el bulli, Rubén Álvarez, Jodi Roca, Ramon Morato Parés, Josep Maria Ribé and many more creative and leading pastry chefs.
We have traveled since 2008 to many conventions, and conducted many researches together inorder to develop new Ideas in pastry. In 2009 he went to japan were he worked in BVLGARI with pastry head chef Rafa Charquero and executieve head chef Luca Fantin. In japan we conducted intensieve research of Wagashi and japanese culture as a source of inspirations.
This is the first solid and loyal partnership I have experienced as a chef and as a person. Having loyalty and support like this has propelled me into finding the courage and perseverance inorder to never give up in establishing the restaurant of our dreams.
Sergio del Castillo Mora was part of the Nobu Company working closely with Executieve Head Chef Regis Cursan for 7 years and Pastry Head Chef in Nobu Berkley London.
A pagoda is the general term in the English language for a tiered tower, built in the traditions originating in historic East Asia or with respect to those traditions, with multiple eaves common in Nepal, India, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Burma and other parts of Asia. Some pagodas are used as Taoist houses of worship. Most pagodas were built to have a religious function, most commonly Buddhist, and were often located in or near temples. This term may refer to other religious structures in some countries. In Vietnam and Cambodia, due to French translation, the English term pagoda is a more generic term referring to a place of worship, although pagoda is not an accurate word to describe a Buddhist temple. The modern pagoda is an evolution of the Ancient Nepal stupa, a tomb-like structure where sacred relics could be kept safe and venerated. The architectural structure of the stupa has spread across Asia, taking on many diverse forms as details specific to different regions are incorporated into the overall design.
The origin of the pagoda can be traced to the stupa (3rd century BC). The stupa, a dome shaped monument, was used as a commemorative monument associated with storing sacred relics. The stupa emerged as a distinctive style of newari architecture and was adopted inSoutheast and East Asia, where it became prominent as a Buddhist monument used for enshrining sacred relics. In East Asia, the architecture of Chinese towers and Chinese pavilions blended into pagoda architecture, eventually also spreading to Southeast Asia. The pagoda’s original purpose was to house relics and sacred writings. This purpose was popularized due to the efforts of Buddhist missionaries, pilgrims, rulers, and ordinary devotees to seek out, distribute, and extol Buddhist relics.