Dutch Chef Vincent Van Dijk was recently awarded a gold medal in the national contest “Green Wines and Gastronomy”, organised by the Portuguese green wine viticulture commission (CVRVV).
Competing with dozens of other contestants, the Algarve chef had to prepare a three-course menu (see panel), which was distinguished with gold. In the same contest in 2014, he was awarded a silver medal and in 2013 bronze. The chef had previously been awarded other distinctions recognising the quality and creativity of his culinary creations.
Along with this wife, the chef runs the contemporary French cuisine restaurant Le Marquis, located in Palhagueira (Santa Bárbara de Nexe).
Born in Nuenen in the Netherlands, Vincent Van Dijk, 55, moved to the Algarve 17 years ago. “We fell in love with the weather and culture, the calm and safe environment,” he told the Resident.
Before setting up his own business, the chef worked in top restaurants such as in the Grand Hotel De Cocagne in Eindhoven or De Kersentuin in Amsterdam, and later in fine dining restaurants in Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo.
After winning his gold medal, Chef Vincent was invited to present his winning menu to 150 guests at Casa da Música in Porto.
Le Marquis is now closed for holidays but will reopen from December 2.
By SARA ALVES [email protected]