Chef Duarte Eira
Part of the Top 5 “Chefs of 2017” and winner of the competition, “Revolta do Bacalhau” (“Cod Uprising”) in 2011.
Duarte Eira, from Vila Real, is a promising young chef, with extensive experience and who is highly dedicated to cuisine of excellence, highlighting the “faithful friend” in his curriculum.
He started his culinary journey with a traineeship at the Hotel Régua Douro, and has since worked in several kitchens. Noteworthy, are the kitchens of the Hotel Aquae Flaviae, of the Casino-Hotel in Chaves, of the Hotel Monte Prado & Spa and of the Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateux, this last being graced with a Michelin star.
Duarte Eira was the winner of the seventh edition of the competition “Revolta do Bacalhau” (“Cod Uprising”) in 2011, in the culinary category with his entry, “Norwegian Cod baked in a contemporary manner”. This competition was presided over by the renowned Chef Hélio Loureiro and its motto was “For cuisine, innovate, innovate!” According to Hélio Loureiro, “uprisings are trendy. Competitors are expected to be authentic, value Portuguese cuisine, be true to themselves and be consistent in their work”.
As the winner of the competition, Duarte Eira received an intensive training course to perfect his techniques in cod preparation at the “Gastronomik Institut” in Norway. The training was given by Daniel Madsen, one of the culinary members of Norway’s Olympic team.
According to Duarte Eira, his experience in Norway was a vivid example of “giving value to national products and respect for nature”, and of the use “of seasonal products”, with excellent culinary results, which combine beautiful, whilst at the same time, tasty cooking”.