Chefs of Portuguese heritage are attracting food lovers from all around the world. The Mediterranean like cuisine is no longer simply known for it’s “Bacalhau” dishes.
The chefs master their culinary skill by fusing the influences of traditional flavors with an upscale modern edge to tempt the modern pallet. They achieve their mastery of cuisine through their creativity and heritage which stems back to their forefathers; the great explorers who introduced flavorful spices from the East to Europe in the Fifteen Century.
You will find that even the presentations of the classic dishes has evolved into stunning masterpieces of flavorful art served on a plate. Just as the great explorers brought flavor to the world, the chefs have introduced the cuisine of Portugal to the pallets of a new generation of gourmet food lovers.
Although some of these restaurants may not offer authentic Portuguese dining, you will find some elements of traditional spices and flavors incorporated into their menus reflecting a hint of their heritage.
There has always been a special connection with food in our culture which will never change because Portuguese chefs cook with love, passion and creativity which most likely began at an early age when they made that special connection to food like so many of us. Some of these great chefs have even been recognized around the world with Michelin Stars and James Beard Awards in recent years.
I predict that many more will be awarded in the years to come. Below you’ll find links to award winning chefs and their restaurants.
Our culture strives for ultimate success in everything we do, so why would we except our chefs to be anything but the some of the best chefs in the world?
So, I hope I’ve inspired you to visit their restaurants in the US and all over the world, buy their cookbooks, watch them on television, or try one of their recipes.
If I left any out, I apologize because I know there are so many more creating great food all over the world. In fact, I bet there is a great Portuguese cook right in your hometown, and there’s even one standing right in your own kitchen!
Could you be the next great Portuguese Chef?
Keep cooking…. Tia Maria
Michelin Star Chefs:
– George Mendes – Michelin star in NYC
2011- Portuguese Celebrity Chef George Mendes
Michelin Star Chef & owner of Aldea Restaurant
appeared on Top Chef Masters
George’s exit interview video
– Nuno Mendes – Michelin star in London
– Jose Avilez – Michelin star in Lisboa (meanwhile he has already left the Tavares restaurant)
– Serge Vieira – Michelin Star in France
– Martinho moniz – Hong Kong
James Beard Award: Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Restaurant
Emeril Laggase to open new Restaurant in PA.
More great Portuguese chefs:
David Santos – Hotel Griffou
Jason Santos – Runner up Hell’s Kitchen Opens New Restaurant in Boston!
Luisa Fernandes – wins Food Networks “Chopped” episode
Anthony Goncalves – RitzCarlton 42/Bellota Westchester NY.
2011 Michelin Star Restaurants in Portugal
Largo do Poço at Hotel Casa da Calçada – Amarante
Chef: Vitor Matos
Arcadas da Capela at Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas – Coimbra
Chef: Albano Lourenço; Consultant: Joachim Koerper
Fortaleza do Guincho at Hotel Forteleza do Guincho, Cascais
Chef: Antoine Westermann
Tavares – Lisbon
Chef: José Avillez
Amadeus – Almancil
Chef: Siegfied Danler-Heinemann
Henrique Leis – Almancil
Chef: Henrique Leis
Ocean Restaurant at Vila Vita Parc – Porches
Chef: Hans Neuner
São Gabriel – Almancil
Chef: Torsten Schulz
Vila Joya at Hotel Vila Joya – Galé
Chef: Dieter Koschina
Willie’s – Vilamoura
Chef: Willie Wurger
Il Gallo d’Oro at the Cliff Bay Hotel – Funchal