#FOURNEWS | Taste Portugal London

28 Aug 2014
2 min read
A gourmet Portuguese overhaul is descending on London this October, and its going to be huge. The illustrious likes of Nuno Mendez, Dieter Koschina and Brett Graham will be taking part in the five month fine dining bonanza. We chat to Brett for more information…

Further seducing the English capital with Portuguese fine-dining and wine, Taste Portugal London will be heralding over The Big Smoke’s culinary scenefrom October 2014 to March 2015. ShowcasingPortugal’s diverse and delicious variety of ingredients, products and recipes, a series of luxurypop-ups will take over some of the city’s most prominient dining locations with the help of gastronomic masters.

A Melting Pot of Tradition and Fusion

Classic dishes and ingredients will form a central part of Taste Portugal London with cataplana, clams, percebes and sea urchins, amongst some of the must-try delicacies. Portugal’s finest Bacchanalian offerings of port and wine will also be part of the events listing, allowing participants to sample a new range of produce little known to the UK market previous to Taste Portugal London’s landing in the city.

Taste Portugal London is giving the unique opportunity to experience the flavours and atmosphere of Portugal through gourmet dinners, specialist cooking demonstrations, presentations by some of the world’s most renowned chefs, workshops and wine tastings. Tickets to these exciting culinary events will be available to purchase on the Taste London website in the coming days.

The Portuguese Program

Opening gala dinner with Brett Graham at The Ledbury | 13 October2014

Australian is head chef of the two Michelin starred, The Ledbury, and is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed chefs, with a particular penchant for Portuguese cuisine. Check out Brett’s for more information about his culinary career.

London street-food safari with Nuno Mendes and José Avillez |2December 2014

Portuguese chef is Executive Chef of Chiltern Firehouse, one of London’s most highly sought after restaurants since its opening earlier this year. Mendes’ star is continually rising with his playful, modern cooking focusing on texture and taste resulting in eclectic and experimental dishes such as charred leek hearts, milk skin, and sautéed watermelon.

Lisbon-based JoséAvillez is considered as one of Portugal’s top chefs where he runs 5 restaurants including the Michelin starred, Belcanto, and is star of his own television shows. His style of cooking referred to as ‘inspiration cuisine’ with a scientific & methodical approach with focus on flavour.

Brett’s taste portugal London

How did you come to be a part of Taste Portugal?

Chef Koschina and Chef Hans came to dine at The Ledbury and we thought it would be a great idea to do a dinner together.

What are the defining characteristics of Portuguese cuisine?

Portuguese food is all about what has been handed down through the generations, always using fresh and local produce to create simple yet delicious dishes. Modern Portuguese cooking sees these recipes change with modern, innovative twists.

And how do these combine with your cuisine?

The importance of fresh and local produce is very important to us here at The Ledbury.

What is your experience of Portuguese cuisine?

Although it isn’t extensive, I am looking forward to seeing Chef Hans and Chef Koschina’s dishes.

Can you tell us what the aim of Taste Portugal is, and how yourself, Dieter Koschina and Hans Neuner are going to achieve this?

Our aim is to showcase the excellent standard of Portuguese food, cuisine and wine to London and to learn more about it ourselves.

Finally, if you could go anywhere to eat Portuguese cuisine at its best, where would you go?

The Ledbury (theledbury.com) on October 13th! The dinner promises to be a wonderful event.

Find out more about Taste Portugal London attasteportugal-london.com. #TastePortugalLondon