Algarve wins 2 new Michelin stars for Vista and Gusto restaurants

The Algarve has just won two more Michelin stars to reward the excellence of its restaurants. The newcomers on the list […]

João Oliveira, Vista's star chef – photo by Paulo Barata

The Algarve has just won two more Michelin stars to reward the excellence of its restaurants. New to the list are Vista restaurants, by young chef João Oliveira, at Hotel Bela Vista, in Praia da Rocha (Portimão), and Gusto by Heinz Beck, one of the Conrad Algarve's restaurants, in Quinta do Lago (Loulé).

The two Algarve stars are the only innovations for catering in Portugal, within the scope of the presentation of the 2018 edition of the most famous and influential gastronomic guide in the world, which has just been announced in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.

With these new awards, Portugal now has a total of 23 Michelin distinguished restaurants, five of them with two stars and eight located in the Algarve. Vila Joya (Albufeira), by Dieter Koschina, and Ocean, by Hans Neuner, at Vila Vita (Lagoa), maintain their two stars, while the rest of the Algarve – Bon Bon, by chef Rui Silvestre, in Carvoeiro, Henrique Leis , by Henrique Leis, and São Gabriel, by Leonel Pereira, both in Almancil, and Willie's, by Willie Wurger, in Vilamoura, continue to bear their only star. These are now joined by Vista and Gusto, both with a star.

João Oliveira, aged 30, is the chef at Vista, located on Praia da Rocha. Since last year, his first Michelin star was expected, thanks to his creative and consistent work, inspired by the Algarve region and the Mediterranean.

João Oliveira arrived at Vista at the beginning of 2015, to assume the position of Executive Chef, after having worked with some of the biggest references in national gastronomy. For 13 years he was Ricardo Costa's Sous-Chef, at The Yeatman (Porto), with one Michelin star, and, more recently, he worked at Vila Joya, two Michelin stars.

According to the newspaper "Público", Heinz Beck is already something of an old acquaintance in the Michelin guide, as he has had three stars in his restaurant in Rome, La Pergola, at the Hotel Cavalieri, for more than a decade. , this most recent, at London's Apsley's, at the Lanesborough Hotel. Now joins another star, in Gusto, from the Conrad Hotel.


Michelin Stars 2018 | Portugal

2 stars
Vila Joya / Dieter Koschina, Albufeira
Ocean / Hans Neuner, Alporchinhos
Belcanto / José Avillez, Lisbon
Il Gallo d'Oro / Benoit Sinthon, Funchal
The Yeatman / Ricardo Costa, Vila Nova de Gaia

1 star
View / João Oliveira, Portimão (NEW)
Gusto by Heinz Beck / Heinz Beck, Almancil (NEW)
Henrique Leis / Henrique Leis, Almancil
São Gabriel / Leonel Pereira, Almancil
Willie's / Willie Wuger, Vilamoura
Bon Bon / Rui Silvestre, Carvoeiro
Alma / Henrique Sá Pessoa, Lisbon
Antiqvvm / Vitor Matos, Porto
Casa da Calçada / Tiago Bonito, Amarante
Boa Nova Tea House / Rui Paula, Leça da Palmeira
Eleven / Joachim Koerper, Lisbon
Trading Post / João Rodrigues, Lisbon
Guincho Fort / Miguel Rocha Vieira, Cascais
LAB by Sergi Arola, Penha Longa
L'And Vineyards / Miguel Laffan, Montemor-o-Novo
Loco / Alexandre Silva, Lisbon
Pedro Lemos / Pedro Lemos, Harbor
William / Luís Pestana, Funchal