Algarve chef Hans Neuner receives ‘wildcard’ to cook at Estoril Open tennis tournament
Chef Hans Neuner from the two-Michelin star restaurant Ocean at Vila Vita Parc Resort in Porches has been invited to host a live night-time cooking event on April 29 for the guests of the Millennium Estoril Open tennis tournament in Cascais.
Using the kitchen at Slice Restaurant, the chef will be serving dishes inspired by Cascais and its “excellent products, telling a story about the region through his brilliance”.
Neuner has lived in the Algarve for more than 13 years, having become one of the region’s most famous and successful chefs. He has been a two-Michelin star holder since 2011 at Ocean and also placed 50th in the 2021 edition of The Best Chef Awards.
He will now be showcasing his talents at Millennium Estoril Open, the only ATP World Tour tennis tournament to take place in Portugal.
“The combination of the art of gastronomy and sports – two distinct worlds which deep down share the same ambition of being at the top – could only result in a unique and inspiring experience for all visitors,” said Vila Vita Parc general manager Kurt Gillig.
“It is with genuine pleasure that we team up with Millennium Estoril Open, which, like us, has the will to create a positive impact in our country, which is immediately reflected on an international level,” Gillig added.
Meanwhile, Estoril Open tournament director João Stilwell Zilhão said that the partnership with Hans Neuner and Ocean is “further proof that Millennium Estoril Open aims to be much more than a tennis event.
“We are proud to provide our sponsors and partners with truly unique experiences, not only in terms of tennis, and I’m certain that the night starring Hans Neuner will be memorable,” said Zilhão.
This will be the seventh edition of the Millennium Estoril Open in Cascais. Last year, the tournament took place behind closed doors due to the pandemic, but tennis fans will be returning to the stands this year.
The ATP tournament receives great media attention, having been the subject of 38 hours of television broadcast in Portugal and over 2,360 hours internationally. The global sponsorship is evaluated at around €360 million.
Tickets are already for sale at Meo blueticket.