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FOOD & WINE Best New Chef George Mendes has re-invented the cuisine of his parents’ native Portugal. Rustic Portugeuese dishes get a sophisticated spin in the kitchens of Aldea and Lupolo, his highly regarded restaurants. And they wow guests every night.

Here, we asked Mendes to share his thoughts about what’s new and what’s trending.
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with George Mendes




DESIGN DETAIL
Building with old, weathered wood—it’s casual, comforting and sustainable. My new restaurant, Lupulo, features it. 


INGREDIENT
Preserved and dried seafood, such as bottarga and sea urchin. Shaving it with a microplane over food adds complex favor.

Ingredient

DESTINATION
Lisbon, Portugal and the Portuguese Riviera—it’s the best culinary scene in Europe right now. Choose from a Michelin-starred dinner, a more simple meal at a tavern, or the fresh seafood you’ll find as street food.


KITCHEN INNOVATION
I really like the new Brizo® Articulating Kitchen Faucet. The flexibility of the wand gives me the freedom to position it, based on the ingredients that I’m working with.

Articulating Faucet

FOOD PRESENTATION STYLE
Large-format presentation. I love serving dishes for two to four people on a big platter.


COCKTAIL
A handcrafted, classic margarita made with a smoky mezcal.

Cocktail