First Portuguese-only Michelin gala to take place ...

First Portuguese-only Michelin gala to take place in the Algarve this February

Portuguese-only Michelin gala in the Algarve - Michelin Guide by Bruno Filipe Pires, Open Media Group - 2

Photo: Michelin Guide by Bruno Filipe Pires, Open Media Group

Countdown begins for the long-awaited night featuring Portugal’s most celebrated restaurants and chefs

On February 27, seven Algarve chefs will team up to cook the dinner for the Michelin Guide’s first Portuguese-only gala, which will be held at NAU Salgados Palace & Congress Centre in Guia, Albufeira.

Around 500 people are expected to attend the gala, which will be streamed live online and hosted by famous Portuguese TV presenters Catarina Furtado and Fernando Alvim.

Algarve chef João Oliveira, who has one Michelin star for his work at Vista in Praia da Rocha, Portimão, and two-Michelin-starred chef Dieter Koschina, from Vila Joya Restaurant in Albufeira, will be coordinating the team, which also features Hans Neuner (Ocean, Porches), José Lopes (Bon Bon, Carvoeiro), Libório Buonocore (Gusto by Heinz Beck, Quinta do Lago), Louis Anjos (Al Sud, Lagos), and Luís Brito (A Ver Tavira).

On Saturday, January 27, a special event will take place at Loulé’s municipal market as part of the Michelin-related festivities that begin a month before the gala. Hosted by Luís Brito, the event will see the chef “creating a dish worthy of a Michelin star” using only the products available at the market.

In addition, a debate entitled “The value of gastronomy in enhancing tourist experiences” will take place at Portimão Museum on Tuesday, February 6. Chefs José Avillez and Marlene Vieira, as well as Lídia Monteiro, board member for Portugal’s tourism authority Turismo de Portugal, will take part in the event.

Under the title “Algarve, the Taste of South Europe”, a promotional campaign will be launched centered on three “fundamental elements influencing Algarvian gastronomy: mountains, sea, and estuaries”.

These announcements were made during a press conference at Loulé’s Solar da Música Nova building on Tuesday, January 16.

“Today we begin the countdown for the long-awaited night when the Algarve will welcome the country’s most celebrated restaurants and chefs. The dinner aims to highlight and appreciate the richness, quality, and diversity of the region’s gastronomy and the talent of those who prepare it,” stated Portugal’s Michelin Guide representative, Nuno Ferreira.

André Gomes, president of the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA), also attended the press conference and thanked the chefs who accepted the challenge of preparing the gala dinner.

“For us, this is another very important moment that highlights gastronomy in our tourism promotion, not only on a regional but also national and international level,” said the tourism boss.

Gomes also hailed the opportunity to showcase “the quality of our local products but also our infrastructures that make the Algarve a tourist destination of excellence”.

Hosting an event of this magnitude has given the Algarve a boost of “confidence and enthusiasm”, Gomes added, stressing that “it will be a privilege” to host the gala as well as all the culinary experts who will attend it. “We will welcome everyone with our hospitality,” he added.

This will be the first time the Michelin Guide has an exclusive edition for Portugal. Since 2009, each edition was presented in an Iberian ceremony, almost always in a Spanish city, except in 2018 when Lisbon hosted the event. The latest event was held in Toledo, Spain.

Portugal received 45 Michelin stars in the Spanish and Portuguese edition of the 2023 Michelin Guide, with all the new Michelin-starred restaurants being located in Lisbon (Encanto, Kabuki Lisboa and Kanazawa) and Porto (Euskalduna Studio and Le Monument).

In the Algarve, Ocean (Porches) and Vila Joya (Albufeira) maintained their two-star status, while Vistas (Vila Nova de Cacela), Vista (Portimão), Bon Bon (Carvoeiro), Gusto by Heinz Beck (Almancil), Al Sud Palmares (Lagos) and A Ver Tavira (Tavira) held onto their one star.

Article originally published by Bruno Filipe Pires on Portugal Resident.


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