José Avillez has a new ethnic project in the city with an international chef who is a television star in Lebanon. His name is Za’atar.
José Avillez will open a new restaurant in Lisbon. Or rather, two, if we count on the change of the Peruvian Cantina of the Neighborhood of the Avillez to the Cais do Sodré. What is really new here is not so much the growth of the empire (we have already become accustomed to it) but what it will add: another gastronomic banner in the portfolio of 14 restaurants that leads in the city. The 15th is a Lebanese, a kitchen to share with Joe Barza.
Barza began as a bodyguard for Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel, but after the assassination of the presidente in 1982 during the civil war, he decided to change his life radically. “This is not to say that I was a bad bodyguard,” he says, very seriously. He learned to cook and went to South Africa to work as a chef. In 2010 he launched his own gastronomic consulting firm and a year later was one of the hosts of the Top Chef Middle East TV show – “In the streets of Lebanon everyone knows him. Not only for being this incredible character, always with his hat, but because it is on television, “confirms José Avillez.
The two chefs met for two years in the Algarve, at the Culinary Extravaganza of the Conrad Hotel, and the Portuguese kept an eye on the Lebanese. He went to Lebanon to begin to materialize the project Za’atar, which was to get the name to a mixture of spices. Because, as they immortalized in a painting on the stripped restaurant wall, with neutral tones and touches of turquoise and old gold, “life is always better with a dash of za’atar.”
Lebanese cuisine is gaining importance in Lisbon.”
Source Fotografia: Time out