Chef José Avillez
Source: Luis Mileu

10 firecracker questions to… Chef José Avillez

Considered one of the great Portuguese chefs, José Avillez stands out due to his enterprising spirit and his willingness to go one step further. At the moment he has 6 restaurants: Belcanto – distinguished with two Michelin stars and elected as one of the best 100 restaurants in the world, achieving 78th place in the prestigious “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List” in 2016 –, Cantinho do Avillez in Lisbon and in Oporto, Café Lisboa, Pizzaria Lisboa and Mini Bar, his first gourmet bar.

Chef José Avillez @ TrenDestination
The garden of the goose that laid the golden eggs | from Belcanto
@ Nuno Correia
Chef José Avillez @ TrenDestination
Globe Lime-Lemon | from Mini Bar
@ Paulo Barata

While offering different culinary experiences, all his restaurants express his enormous passion for cooking. José Avillez also heads the take-away service JA at Home. With several cookbooks published, his highly successful TV programme “JA em casa“ (“JA at the stove”) was broadcasted by SIC Mulher channel and had three seasons. “Combinações Improváveis” (“Improbabilicious”) is José Avillez’s new TV show, also on SIC Mulher channel, and “O Chef sou eu” (“I’m the Chef”) is his new morning show at Rádio Comercial.

Chef José Avillez @ TrenDestination
Chef José Avillez

Chef José Avillez accepted the challenge to name his first thought when thinking about …

#1. Favorite spot for inspiration 
JA: The beach

#2. Restaurant with gust and character
JA: Belcanto

#3. The unmissable with 30 minutes in Lisbon
JA: Walking around Chiado

#4. Porn dream food
JA: Portuguese seafood, the world’s best

#5. Best way to spend 2,00€ in Lisbon
JA: Try a delicious Pastel de Nata (cream custard tart) served warm at Café Lisboa, and you will still save 75 cents

#6. Influential leader to seat next to you on a flight
JA: Someone quiet so I can do some thinking

#7. Memorable and one-of-a-kind hotel
JA: Vila Joya

#8. Portugal on a plate
JA: Bulhão Pato clams (garlic, coriander, olive oil and white wine sauce)

#9. Perfect spot to travel within Portugal
JA: Alentejo

#10. Most used expression in Portuguese
JA: Obrigado (thank you)