‘Chef of the Year’ entries on final countdown

Professional chefs who work in Portugal and have over five years’ experience or are over the age of 25 have until Monday (March 14) to sign up for the ‘Chef of the Year’ competition.

Contestants will have to present a menu including a covert, fish dish, meat dish and dessert using “dried, salted Norwegian codfish, Portuguese ‘DOP protected’ veal and Azores pineapples”.

Those who put up the best menus in each Portuguese region will qualify for a national finale to take place in November.

The eventual winner will be offered training at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, which placed first in the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The jury panel will be headed by Nuno Mendes, the head of London’s ‘Taberna do Mercado’ praised recently by Bloomberg for its pastéis de nata (click here).

Last year’s top chef was João Gabriel from Almancil’s famous São Gabriel restaurant.

For information on the competition, see