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Passionate, professional chef.
Hi, I´m Joe Devine.
For the past 5 years and alongside writing and publishing my own cookery book I have been working hard as a private chef and caterer.
I can draw on over 30 years of gastronomic experience and with an attention to detail, great food and a flexible, friendly attitude I have happily built a loyal and expanding customer base.
I aim to provide a professional yet personal service. The food plays the starring role and my culinary style is uncomplicated, beautifully presented dishes with an emphasis on flavour. The Algarve provides a wealth of fantastic ingredients and I endeavour to utilise these with intelligence and respect, resulting in a memorable dining experience.
From the lowly yet important role as dish washer in my Uncle´s restaurant during the school holidays I have, from an early age, been fascinated by all things ´food´. My career has since covered many facets of the industry. I studied at the Guildford college of food technology whilst working in one of Surrey´s best restaurants, The Running Horses in Mickleham.
A job offer at the Amsterdam Hilton took me across the channel. Amsterdam provided a broad spectrum of culinary experience. I worked in the kitchens of the restaurants Le Hollandais and Het Jagershuis, taught at Keizer Culinair cookery school and wrote recipes for various publications.
My last position before leaving the Netherlands was executive chef at the exclusive catering company of Wendy Welvaars where some notable guests included Prince Willem Alexander, future King of Holland, Leonard Cohen and Jesus (prince of Nazareth).
My first year in the Algarve found me heading up the kitchen of the established and excellent restaurant Aquasul, in the beautiful East Algarve town of Tavira. A stint at the renowned Noelia´s in Cabanas followed where I gained a good grounding in Portuguese cuisine.
Since then I have been going it alone and apart from reviving old favourites and revitalising some past classics, I haven´t looked back.
Please check out my website for customer reviews and more info: misplacedchef.com
For me, cooking is...
a very important part of my life. It teaches me new things every day. Apart from that, it puts the bread on the table.
I learned to cook at...
After 30 years of professional experience, I´m still learning to cook.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Adriaan Van Raab Van Canstein. Chef and my former boss at Le Hollandais, Amsterdam.
A cooking secret...
No secrets, just lots of flavour.
As a professional Chef, I offer the following services
I can create a menu based on your preferences to enjoy in the comfort of your home in Tavira. Simply tell me what you're craving!
I can provide catering services in Tavira for weddings, birthdays, corporate events and more.
At home cooking course
Choose this option for a private cooking class in Tavira and I will put together a tailor-made cooking lesson for you.
Hire me as a culinary consultant in Tavira to help you with your restaurant.
Reviews about Joe
We are absolutely super happy that we were lucky enough to have Joe cool two amazing meals for us on our family holiday in Algarve. Joe was a great communicator before we arrived. Easy to talk to and quick replies. Great suggestion for menu.
We had two meals. One three course and one five course. Both were prepared and served magnificently and he had great patience with our kids and waited for us to put them to bed in between courses on day two.
Especially the Gazpacho soup with marinated anchovies, pork ravioli with asparagus and Parmesan and tuna with potatoes and hollandaise were exceptional while all courses were very very good.
Will no doubt book Joe again if we’re back in the area.
Sven Richard Magerøy Tønnessen-Aug 10, 2019
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