Originally from São Paulo in Brazil with an Italian background, Rafael started his career in London at the age of 21. Moving then to Italy to work under Chef Stefano Baiocco at A Villa Feltrinelli where he spent over 3 years. Growing in his career he decided to go to Spain to work for Chef Quique Dacosta and Martin Berasategui.
From there, he returned back to England to join The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal to then opening Fera at Claridges. Leading the Aulis in Fera, Rafael carried on with Simon Rogan as head chef of Aulis.