Team

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Alexandre Silva — Executive Chef

He is graduated in Kitchen/Pastry, and F&B Management at the Hotel Management and Tourism School of Lisbon and in Molecular Gastronomy at the Higher Institute of Agronomy. He has been in Bocca, from 2007 to 2012. At the same time, he founded the Project 4th Floor – Experimental Kitchen, a platform looking for answers regarding the Portuguese gastronomy, producers, products, techniques and creativity. In 2012, won the TV show Top Chef, from RTP1, and then decided to go to Alentejo, opening the Alentejo Marmóris Hotel & Spa. There had total creativity freedom and the possibility to contact directly with producers, discover new products and experiment. It was a unique experience, which consolidated his way of thinking about food. He returned to Lisbon to be the Executive Chef of Bica do Sapato, and soon after, he open his first business, Alexandre Silva no Mercado, at Mercado da Ribeira.

Carlos Fernandes – Pastry Chef

It’s one of the most promising Portuguese pastry Chef of the new generation. He concluded the Cooking and Pastry course at the Hotel Management and Tourism School of Estoril and did a stage at Pastelerias Torreblanca, from Paco Torreblanca. Worked in the Hotel Lapa Palace, in Lisboa and later in Ritz Carlton Abama, in Spain, in the restaurant MB, Martin Berasategui (2* Michelin).

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Sara Branco Gomes – Partner manager

Married to Alexandre Silva, she is managing partner of the restaurant and the energy center of Loco. With experience in promotion and major national brands marketing, Sara is the strongest link, the voice of criticism within the team.

Ricardo Leite – Sous Chef

He is graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, in London – where he worked with chef Nuno Mendes in O Viajante. In Portugal, he developed his food techniques in Feitoria (1* Michelin), 100 Maneiras and Bica do Sapato. Then, he began to work in Alexandre Silva’s corner at Mercado da Ribeira. Now he is Alexandre’s right-arm at Loco.

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Henrique Castilho – Chef de partie

Henrique studied at Hotel Management and Tourism School of Coimbra. He travelled to Macau, where he had to opportunity to do an intership at MGM Hotel. After that, he went to Faroe Islands and stayed there for a year, working at Koks. It was the Marmóis project that led him to Alexandre Silva. The two went together to Bica do Sapato and, of course, to Loco. Henrique brings new visions and audacity to the team. 

Nicu Iastremschii – Chef de partie

Nico was born in Moldavia. However, he made Lisbon his home when he decided to study Bakery, Pastry and Cooking here. Right after the course, he began to work in some of the trendiest restaurants of the city, from Cantinho do Avillez to The Decadente, but it was in Bica do Sapato he first knew Alexandre Silva. The chef invited him to work at Mercado da Ribeira. When Loco opened, Nicu was an unquestionable name to join the team of the restaurant.

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João Marujo - Staff

No one could imagine that a primary school teacher would end up in a restaurant. João never stops. From working in a snack-bar he jumped to Mercado da Ribeira, where he became the manager of two bars and met Alexandre Silva. In Loco, he is responsible for the dining service – but the good soundtrack of the restaurant is also on his hands!

Paula Mendes – Hostess

Paula is the first person you meet when come in at Loco. Welcoming the clients with a smile comes naturally to her: after all, she used to help her parents in their restaurant, and having a degree in Communication is a plus. Paula was the last one to join the team. As the hostess, she is also in charge of the reservations.