From Havana, Cuba to London, UK. Ruben moved to London in his twenties. His first job was in the foodie hub that is St John Street in Clerkenwell, where he, by pure chance and destiny together with one of the founders of Eat, Ed Bentley, became the chef behind the successful Amano Cafe. Ruben later took off to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Italy, France, Spain and Morocco to learn more about their culinary culture. He then returned to the UK to polish his craft and worked with Michelin-starred chefs like John Campbell and David Thompson and in hotbed restaurants, including Zuma, Sketch, Eight over Eight and Ottolenghi, Islington. Ruben has also collaborated with the launching of books for Mary Berry and Theo Randall.
Moving to Cornwall in 2013, Ruben worked as chef mentor at Watergate Bay, the Jamie Oliver Foundation Fifteen Restaurant. Ruben successfully opened his first restaurant as chef/proprietor in Cornwall, which was awarded two AA rosettes. Currently based in The Cotswolds, the Nomada Pop Up Supper Clubs are Ruben's new showcasing itinerant restaurant.