The so-called trend for healthy food that has swept much of the world, including Dubai, is not a trend and is here to stay says Portuguese chef Jose Avillez.
Avillez, who has just opened his newest restaurant Tasca in Dubai’s Mandarin Oriental Jumeira hotel, told Caterer Middle East that while some fads come and go, “the concern for health and fresh ingredients, more vegetables, less red meat, that will stay”.
Having won two Michelin stars for his concept Belcanto in Lisbon, Avillez is moving away from fine dining with Tasca, instead focusing on more family-style, sharing bites at the new concept which he calls “fun-dining”.
It will have healthy options, including gluten free dishes, on the menu which is based on Portuguese cuisine with a large focus on seafood.
You can read Caterer Middle East’s full interview with Jose Avillez, including training under Alain Ducasse and Ferran Adria, and hosting Antony Bourdain in Lisbon, in the upcoming issue.