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100% dedicated to the gastronomic journey and truly grateful for being able to do what I love.
What can I say… I am very fortunate to have been born, raised and become a culinary chef in a country with such a rich culinary culture as Portugal. Having been a food lover since a young age, undoubtedly because my mother has always been an amazing cook, made me want to go further in this field and so began my 12 year long kitchen affair.
After completing my Kitchen and Pastry Course at the ‘Porto School of Hospitality and Tourism’, I started honing my skills in various restaurants in Porto, such as Restaurant ‘Sessenta Setenta’, taking my first steps as a cook with Chef Francisco Meireles at Restaurant ‘Buhle’ and Restaurant ‘Apart’.
It was also in this same city that I had the pleasure to work under 2 Michelin star winner Chef Rui Paula at his ‘DOP’ restaurant in Porto, ‘DOC’ restaurant in Régua and in the prestigious five-star Hotel Vidago Palace.
With the breadth of knowledge from these experiences in Portugal, I felt it was time to learn more about international cuisine and moved to London. There I worked at ‘The Arts Club’ a very exclusive private members club in Mayfair, where I kept learning for the next three years, having had the pleasure to prepare food for illustrious guests, such as Prince Harry, Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell, to name a few.
My next endeavour saw me coordinating the opening of the ‘Rail House Café’, a brand new and vibrant restaurant in Victoria, Central London, helping develop their concept for almost 3 years.
In 2019, an opportunity I could not refuse presented itself: to move to Lisbon and work at chef’s José Avillez ‘Bairro do Avillez’ in Chiado, where I stayed until the pandemic lockdowns started.
My food results from the many experiences throughout my career, always respecting the ingredients and applying maximum focus on the smallest of details and largest of flavours.
For me, cooking is...
.....an act of Love.
I learned to cook at...
Gastronomy is an endless road, absorbing the most of all experiences and learning from every single person with I had the pleasure to share a kitchen.
A role model in the kitchen is...
I could name several prominent chefs that inspired me, but my mum will be always the number one role model.
A cooking secret...
Respect the ingredients, stay focused, work hard... and never forget to add love to every single dish.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Estoril.
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Estoril.
Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Estoril.
Sérgio's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Sérgio's reviews
We had an excellent experience with Sergio Balreira and his wife. The food was delicious and very professionally presented.
Eric Larsson - Jul 27 2022
We booked Chef Sergio to host a private dinner for a group of 10 while we were visiting Portugal. Overall, we were all completely amazed by how delicious the dishes tasted, how stunning the presentation was for each course and the overall level of professionalism of Chef Sergio. It was hands down one of the best experiences we had on our trip and we still cant stop talking about what a wonderful dinner it was. I could not thank Chef Sergio enough for such an incredible meal and I would 100% recommend booking him for future catering events.
Catherine Amir - Jul 07 2022
He was an amazing chef. The food was delicious, and he was lovely !
Nadia - Jun 20 2022
We booked Chef Sergio for a birthday celebration for 7 whilst on holiday in Portugal. Take a chef meant we could enjoy a fine dining meal whilst our two small children were in bed. A chance to fully relax and have some adult time without organising a sitter.
Chef Sérgio’s meal was amazing! Each of us loved every course. It was beautifully presented and just delicious. Sergio and his partner were slick and organised, the service was excellent. The kitchen was pristine afterwards and we didn’t lift a finger throughout the night.
The meal was the high point of a wonderful holiday. I always thought hiring a personal chef was for celebrities but I see now that it isn’t just for the elite and is something I look forward to doing again in the future.
I wholeheartedly recommend Chef Sergio.
Kellie Gordon - Jun 06 2022
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