Chef of Two-Michelin-Starred Oteque Will Open New London Restaurant

Chef of Two-Michelin-Starred Oteque Will Open New London Restaurant

A globally famend Brazilian chef whose two-Michelin-starred Rio de Janeiro restaurant Oteque was voted quantity 47 within the World’s 50 Best Restaurants record this week will open a brand new venue off Oxford Road in London earlier than the tip of the yr.

Chef Alberto Landgraf who started his profession within the early 2000s in London will open an formidable fantastic eating restaurant known as Bossa beneath the Brazlian consulate on Vere Road; a spokesperson instructed Eater the chef “will deliver the wealth of Brazilian flavours to town meaning a lot to him.” It is going to exchange the now-closed Maroush Lebanese restaurant. His spokesperson stated it would open, “if there isn’t any delay, on the finish of this yr.”

Chef Alberto Landgraf on a high stool at Oteque in Rio de Janeiro

Chef Alberto Landgraf at Oteque in Rio de Janeiro
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“I’m actually joyful that my first worldwide mission goes to occur in London. It is vitally emotional for me as I began my profession twenty-two years in the past on this metropolis. When returning to Brazil six years later, I by no means thought I might come again the place every thing began to open my very own restaurant,” Landgraf stated in a press release shared with Eater.

“It looks like a wild dream to deliver Brazil not solely to London however to Europe. I wish to make it actually particular, so I’ll deliver to town the very best a part of my Oteque workforce. As you may think about, it is not going to be a conventional place, however it would additionally not be the second Oteque. We’ll pamper you with modern Brazilian meals and a really sturdy wine and cocktail record in a enjoyable, relaxed, heat environment and I actually hope you’ll take pleasure in it.”

Landgraf is of German and Japanese heritage; he says he was was raised with nice respect for nature, seasons and good produce. His Japanese mom “taught him ethics and self-discipline, that are all the time current in every thing he does, and nurtured his poetical soul,” his spokesperson stated.

Within the early 2000s, then a physics graduate, Landgraf got here to London to be taught English. His unintended transfer into hospitality got here solely after he discovered he wanted an revenue to remain within the metropolis. He labored for each Tom Aikens (!) and Gordon Ramsay (!!) earlier than returning to Brazil in 2006 to open his first restaurant. Epice opened in Sao Paulo in 2008 and shortly gained recognition, together with a Michelin star.

Oteque opened in Rio de Janeiro in 2018, “specializing in his Japanese heritage not via components, however via simplicity, exact approach and excessive ethics.” He visited London in February this year to cook dinner at Shoreditch’s Lyle’s with chef James Lowe. His expertise for cooking over fireplace stood out. “Alberto specialises in creating dishes with the various seafood landed within the water round Rio,” the pre-event blurb reads. For the collaboration, Landgraf introduced particular components like uncooked Brazilian cashew fruit, variations of manioc (Brazil’s predominant starch), tucipi (the naturally fermented juice of the manioc root), and uncooked Brazil nuts for ice cream. Like Epice, Oteque was a success from the off: only a few months after its opening, it gained a spot on Latin America’s 50 Finest record (it’s now quantity 12) and the primary Michelin star, adopted by the second star a yr later.

He’ll hope for fulfillment right here, whereas Londoners can stay up for his bringing one thing fairly totally different to the capital.

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