About José Avillez
"I never dreamed I would be where I am today.
I made it here because I have a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic team that stands out because of its drive to keep learning more and doing better."
Portuguese and a chef, José Avillez' main focus is to promote Portuguese gastronomy and to contribute to making Portugal a top gastronomic destination. He's considered one of the great references of gastronomy in Portugal and has stood out because of his enterprising spirit and of his drive to keep pushing further.
His immense curiosity, his love for travelling and the constant drive to experiment and learn have contributed a great deal to his creativity and evolution, but the great source of inspiration is Portuguese cuisine. He defines himself as a chef who's passionate for cuisine and for his country and who embraces innovation and creativity without ever forgetting tradition, quality, authenticity and the worth of work.
José Avillez grew up near the ocean and a pine forest, in Cascais - this influenced his work quite a lot. He studied Business Communication in College, had private study lessons with the key author on traditional Portuguese gastronomy, Maria de Lourdes Modesto, and did many professional internships in several different restaurants in Portugal and abroad, such as El Bulli by Ferran Adrià, who transformed his concept of cuisine.
In 2008 he took on the role of executive chef in the emblematic restaurant Tavares, in Lisbon, the place where he'd later win his first Michelin star (2009). In 2011 he decided to open his own restaurants and today he has several restaurants in Lisbon and Porto, each with a different concept, but all expressing his passion for cuisine.
José Avillez has many dozens of enthusiastic collaborators who assist the restaurants' operation and help him develop his different projects, including his TV shows, books and signature wines.