Atelier Henrique Sá Pessoa
Rua Fernando Palha, 49
1950-130 Lisboa

“The Art of Tasting Portugal”, a platform born to highlight Portuguese gastronomy, with a twist

Chefs Agency has just launched a collective nomadic feast, that will make its mark this year.

Chef Rui Paula

Rui Paula was born in Oporto in 1967, but was at Alijó, in Douro, on holidays in the family home, that he developed an early love for cooking, influenced by a strong connection to his maternal grandmother and the foods that she prepared, based on old recipes and in the use of local products.

In this time of original innocence, Rui Paula kept an impressive and nostalgic memory of tastes, smells and texture, which would be crucial in deciding, in 1994, to open together with his wife, Cristina Canelas, the Cêpa Torta restaurant in Alijó . Rui Paula began there, as an autodidact, a journey of inspired, traditional and regional cuisine with a a modern and distinctive flair.

In 2014 Rui Paula integrates the Masterchef Jury (Portuguese edition) and opens a new restaurant in Leca da Palmeira, the Boa Nova Tea House, a famous building, built on the rocks two meters above sea level, near the lighthouse, a work of the renowned architect Siza Vieira, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1992. The restoration of the building that is a National Monument since 2011, was tutored by Siza Vieira himself. 

The Art of Tasting Portugal

Starting this year, the best of Portugal will be presented in a surprising, unique and ever changing format through “The Art of Tasting Portugal”, a project recently created by Chefs Agency. This new approach to presenting Portuguese gastronomy, whose first event will be held at the Atelier Henrique Sá Pessoa, in Marvila, aims to assert the best and most exclusive products, dishes, wines and eno-gastronomic experiences, with the best players, of the Portuguese food scene. Chefs Agency’s solid experience and long standing synergies, both nationally and internationally, will have a particular influence in the creation of this type of events in the food industry, which has had an increasing impact on the country’s tourism and economy.

The project also aims to offer those who visit Portugal an exclusive experience that concentrates the best of the country, the essence of national gastronomy and its ‘terroirs’, in a unique and surprising context. “The Art of Tasting Portugal” aspires to highlight the fundamental role played by Portugal in the discovery of products, throughout the world, of undeniable importance in gastronomy.