Henrique Sá Pessoa and José Avillez are among the 100 best chefs in the world, occupying the 70th and 80th places, respectively, in The Best Chef Awards, presented at the Palacio de Cibeles, in Madrid.
However, despite the prestige of being on the list, both chefs recorded significant drops in the table compared to last year. Sá Pessoa, owner of Alma restaurant in Lisbon, was in 38th position, while Avillez, owner of Belcanto, also in the capital, was in 44th.
Hans Neuner, an Austrian living in Portugal, who is the head chef at Ocean, in Porches, Lagoa (Algarve), was also included in the list, occupying the 62nd position.
Spaniard Dabiz Muñoz (DiverXO, Madrid) was considered the best chef in the world for the second consecutive year. In second place was René Redzepi (Noma, Denmark) and rounding out the top 3 is Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca, Spain), who moved up one position from 2021.
I was so shocked by the bias in Portuguese MasterChef tv show years ago- an Algarve talented and young cook was blatantly discriminated against in the finale (“young” couldn´t possibly win, as it would make ugly dinosaurs feel threatened; plus “might be gay”). So I swore I would never watch again, mission accomplished. On a nicer note, jurors at Australian MasterChef seem to be realizing that discriminating against people who make delicious vegetable dishes is completely bonkers. Kudos to that. Respecting all food and eating tasty (and healthy!) things is what does food proper justice.
By guida from Lisbon on 23 Sep 2022, 06:04
Good to know, thanks Guida, moving to Porto so need to be aware.
By wesley from USA on 24 Sep 2022, 02:50