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I feel a little like Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerer's Apprentice today, having stepped into the rather large shoes of Patrick Stuart last night to report on the Vila Joya festival. Patrick was...

Octopus carpaccio

Over previous years at the Vila Joya festival, some of the best menus I have eaten have been cooked by the guest chefs from Holland, amongst them the menu presented by Jacob Jan Boerma of the 2-...

The Algarve’s Chef Micael Valentim (right) will be joining Chef Vasco Lello (left) at the Flores do Bairro restaurant in the Bairro Alto Hotel in Lisbon for a special dinner on November 16 at 9pm...

Chefs Koschina and Joan Roca

Last night was, without a shade of doubt, the most anticipated of the festival. Joan Roca is today officially the number 1 chef in the world, with the El Celler de Can Roca restaurant in Girona,...

Deep fried moss, reindeer penis and zero carbs

Day three of the festival saw Swedish chef Björn Frantzén and his team in the kitchen at Vila Joya. Having spoken to them the previous...

It wasn't so long ago that Portugal only had one Michelin-starred restaurant outside of the Algarve, but today there are three 1-star restaurants in northern Portugal, two in the Lisbon region and...

Lamb loin and ribs

When cooking lamb chops, I have always found myself torn between getting the meat around the bone as crispy as I like it whilst keeping the loin meat nice and pink.

And so it was whilst...

Mediterranean diet on the verge of intangible heritage title

The Mediterranean diet will be subject to scrutiny in Azerbaijan next month to see if it qualifies for the UNESCO title of World Intangible Heritage. The bid, supported by the Algarve town of...

By PATRICK STUART patrick.stuart@open-media.net

The 7th annual edition of the International Gourmet Festival, officially held at the Vila Joya resort and its two-star Michelin restaurant in Galé, kicked off on Tuesday evening with a kitchen...

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