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.

José Avillez

 

THE STORY

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 a reference in Portuguese gastronomy and has stood out because of his enterprising spirit and drive to go further.

His immense curiosity, love for traveling and constant drive to experiment and learn have contributed a great deal to his creativity and evolution, though the great source of inspiration is Portuguese cuisine. He defines himself as a chef who's passionate about cuisine and about 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 and this had a profound influence on his work. 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 of the emblematic restaurant Tavares, in Lisbon, the place where, in 2009, he'd come to win his first Michelin star. In 2011 he decided to open his own restaurants and today has several in Portugal, in Lisbon and Porto, and also in Dubai, each with a different concept, but all expressing his passion for cuisine.

José Avillez has an enthusiastic team who assists him in the restaurant operation and helps him develop his different projects, including his TV shows, books, and signature wines.

Today, what is it that excites and drives him?

The moments of creativity, because it's when I feel the most pleasure and emotion in my life. My team, who helps me fulfill my dream - every day I'm thankful to the people who work with me. Then there's the emotional commitment, having the chance to give... and in the kitchen, we give. Life is a journey and the important thing is to give and leave more than we take.

 

− At BELCANTO (Lisbon - Chiado), distinguished with two Michelin stars and considered one of the world's 50 best restaurants by the prestigious “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, José Avillez offers contemporary Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere that evokes the old romantic feel of Chiado. This is the style that truly defines him and expresses his creative evolution. Opened in January 2012.

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BECO - CABARET GOURMET (Lisbon - Chiado) is a secret place in BAIRRO DO AVILLEZ, where haute-cuisine meets show business in an immersive and memorable experience. In this bohemian and sophisticated restaurant and bar inspired by the 1920s and 1950s clubs, the tasting menu is never revealed beforehand. Opened in March 2017.

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PÁTEO (Lisbon - Chiado), where seafood and fish are king, at the ample and surprising BAIRRO DO AVILLEZ, a neighbourhood that gathers different, yet complementary gastronomic concepts, inspired by the best Portuguese flavours, signed by chef José Avillez. Opened in August 2016.

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TABERNA (Lisbon - Chiado) is Lisbon’s most atypical tavern, offers good Portuguese flavours with a touch of creativity in a very laid-back atmosphere. Open every day, noon to midnight, at BAIRRO DO AVILLEZ. By TABERNA’S entrance, you’ll find a Mercearia (gourmet deli) where you can buy irresistible delicacies. Opened in August 2016.

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MINI BAR (Lisbon - Chiado | Porto - Baixa) is José Avillez’ gourmet bar that offers a new entertainment concept and small, varied and flavourful gastronomic experiences, along with wonder and fun. This is not a traditional restaurant. Here, nothing is what it seems. Opened in September 2014 in Lisbon and in July 2018 in Porto.

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CANTINHO DO AVILLEZ (Lisbon – Chiado and Parque das Nações | Cascais | Porto) offers a good Portuguese-inspired cuisine influenced by the chef’s travels in a very comfortable atmosphere. In Chiado it opened in September 2011; in Parque das Nações it opened in May 2018; in Cascais it opened in May 2019; in Porto it opened in September 2014.

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CAFÉ LISBOA (Lisbon - Chiado) was created with the purpose of bringing new life to São Carlos’ square. Café Lisboa is part of São Carlos National Theatre and has a wonderful terrace where you can have an espresso or a snack, eat lunch or dinner, or simply enjoy a drink, seven days a week. Opened in September 2013.

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PIZZARIA LISBOA (Lisbon - Chiado) is an old dream come true. José Avillez dreamed of opening a pizzeria ever since he was a young boy... Maybe because he was fascinated by the way pizza has traveled the world, maybe because he loves the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of pizzerias, or maybe because he loves a new challenge. Or, quite probably, for all of these reasons. Opened in March 2013.

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TASCA CHIC is a sophisticated and contemporary restaurant of Portuguese traditional flavours, JACARÉ, a vegetarian carnivore, and BARRA CASCABEL, a place with the best Mexican flavours that’s the result of a partnership with chef Roberto Ruiz. Opened in December at the Gourmet Experience in El Corte Inglés (Lisbon - San Sebastian).

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COLLABORATIONS WITH INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED CHEFS

CANTINA PERUANA (Lisbon - Cais do Sodré), in partnership with Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz, offers contemporary Peruvian cuisine in the casual and bohemian atmosphere of the typical cantinas of Lima, along with Lisbon’s best Pisco Bar. Opened in Bairro do Avillez in June 2017 and in September 2018 it relocated to Rua de São Paulo.

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CASA DOS PRAZERES (Lisbon - Chiado), Portuguese-Asian restaurant with a sensory cuisine in an enthralling and intimate place, and REI DA CHINA (Lisbon - Chiado), that offers quick and authentic meals inspired by Asian street food, in partnership with Argentinian chef Estanislao  Carenzo, an expert on Asian gastronomy. Opened in March 2019.

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CASCABEL, at the Gourmet Experience in El Corte Inglés (Lisbon - São Sebastião), in partnership with chef Roberto Ruiz, offers authentic Mexican flavours and original and irresistible cocktails in a festive, irreverent atmosphere. Opened in December 2017.

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INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

TASCA, at the 5 stars hotel Mandarin Oriental Jumeira in Dubai, is chef José Avillez’ first international restaurant project and offers a menu of Portuguese flavours with a contemporary twist in a vibrant atmosphere. Opened in March 2019.

 

OTHER PROJECTS

WINES
Together with José Bento dos Santos at the Quinta do Monte D’Oiro vineyard, in Lisbon, José Avillez produced the JA wines with his signature: JA Red, produced entirely from Syrah grapes, JA White, made from the grape varieties Viognier and Arinto, and JA Rosé.

BOOKS
José Avillez has contributed to countless Portuguese and foreign books and authored “Um Chef em Sua Casa” (“A Chef in Your Home”), “Petiscar com Estilo” (“Snacking in Style”), “Cantinho do Avillez – As Receitas” (“Cantinho do Avillez – The Recipes”) and “COMBINAÇÕES ImPROVÁVEIS” (“Improbabilicious”).

TELEVISION
COMBINAÇÕES imPROVÁVEIS (“Improbabilicious”) on SIC Mulher channel, was a weekly cooking show in which José Avillez combined flavours, textures, and temperatures, suggesting a probable combination, an improbable combination and a recipe for the younger viewers −all from a single star ingredient.

JA AO LUME (JA at the Stove) aired for three seasons on SIC Mulher channel. In a relaxed and light-hearted manner, chef José Avillez taught us how to be creative in the kitchen every day.

FAMILY FOOD FIGHT
José Avillez was a juror in the competitive cooking series, airing on RTP 1, in prime time, in which diverse and multi-generational families go head-to-head in high-pressure cooking challenges inspired by real home cooking.

RADIO
O CHEF SOU EU (I’m The Chef) was a recurring segment on Radio Comercial, in which José Avillez shared advice, quick recipes, fun facts, and tips.


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