Award Winning Chef Dieter Koschina was born in Dornbirn, Austria on May 6th 1962. After entering Vila Joya in 1991 Koschina went on to win Vila Joya their first Michelin Star in 1995 and then the second in 1999. Dieter Koschina and Vila Joya were the only restaurant in Portugal for 13 years to be honored with two Michelin Stars.
Dieter Koschina’s professional recognition comes from Hotels such as: Souvretta House,(1981-1982), Hotel Panoramique, (1982-1983), Hotel Imperial & Bristol(1983-1986), Tantris, (1986-1987), Tristan, (1987-1988), Hilton Vienna Plaza,(1988-1989). Dieter Koschina’s Kitchen at Vila Joya has been awarded many accolades, most recently the prestigious award of becoming Nº22 on the “The World´s 50 Best Restaurants” list, which is the first restaurant in Portugal to be ranked among the best 50.
What makes Mr. Koschina such a successful chef is a very frequent question that indeed is easy to answer. First of all it is his talent and his extreme passion for his job and second it is his inspiration, creativity and the addiction to reach and find the perfect taste.
Chef Koschina always enjoys taking special requests and advises his team “it’s John Wayne Time”. To cook John Wayne style means to open the fridge, to have a look what is inside and start cooking dishes that are not on the menu. As chef Koschina always states a restaurant without clients is a king without a kingdom. The roots of our success are our clients and our goal is to full fill their culinary wishes in the best possible way.