José Avillez is “the best cook of the year” at the global level
It is with “much satisfaction that I receive the Grand Prix de L’art de la Cuisine and I along with a group of chefs, where do I find so many of my references,” says José Avillez, minutes after having conquered one of the most important prizes from international gastronomy. The Portuguese chef has been awarded with the international prize ” Grand Prix de l’art de la Cuisine, which rewards “the best cook of the year”, and that is assigned by the International Academy of Gastronomy.
“I thank the International Academy of Gastronomy this distinction. We have worked with the aim of promoting Portuguese gastronomy in the world and this award is an important recognition of the way done. It will certainly help give more visibility to the Portuguese cuisine,” said José Avillez, sensitized with the award of this prize, considered by many to be one of the most important in the area of gastronomy.
José Avillez thus joins a select group of the best chefs in the world, which includes names such as Alex Atala, chef of the restaurant DOM, São Paulo, Joan Roca, Alain Ducasse or Heston Blumenthal.
For José Bento dos Santos, vice-president of the International Academy of Gastronomy, the prize today awarded to José Avillez “is the highest recognition that can be achieved at the international level”. But it should be noted that “this did not happen today, has been built over the last 15 years.” The Grand Prix de L’art de la Cuisine is, continues Bento dos Santos, “a great deal of pressure for a third Michelin star. José Avillez has been proposed by the national academies of gastronomy of Spain and Portugal.
José Avillez was the first Portuguese chef to be awarded two Michelin stars at the restaurant Belcanto in Lisbon. Fork of Platinum and Boss of the Year in 2013 for the guide Good Bed Good Table, it is also responsible for the restaurants in the Alley, Mini Bar or the District of Avilez, and yet by the Cantinho do Avillez in Lisbon and in Porto.
In the allocation of awards this Monday were still distinguished chief Pedro Pena Bastos, with the award of Chef de l’avenir, as well as Gabriela Marques of the Varanda restaurant of the Ritz, the Ritz Four Seasons Hotel Lisbon, which won the trophy Prix au Sommelier. George Mendes was awarded the Prize for Literature of Gastronomy because of the book, My Portugal. Leonardo Pereira, who has spent at NOMA in Denmark, and the restaurant Sands of the Pebble in Torres Vedras, near Lisbon, won the Award for Media by the television program Chef of the Root in the cable channel 24Kitchen.