João Oliveira, born in Paranhos (Porto) 31 years ago began his dedication to cooking from an early age. At the age of 15, he achieved his first cooking degree, which forced him to not only attend daily classes, but also to work at an internship every single weekend.
In 2004, he began his professional career working at “Sopa de Letras”, a renowned restaurant in Porto. Two years later, he decided to move to a new challenge and moved to Douro In, in Régua. Shortly after, in 2006, he moved to Amarante, where restaurant Largo do Paço, from Casa da Calçada, welcomed him with arms wide open. At the age of 20, João Oliveira reached the sous chef title and the restaurant won a Michelin star, with the kitchen being led by Chef Ricardo Costa. Four years later, Ricardo Costa opened The Yeatman, that would become one the most well-known Portuguese restaurants. Following his previous successful experience with the Chef, in 2010, João Oliveira followed him to Gaia.
In 2014, he decided to head south, and moved to the Algarve where he joined the team of Chef Dieter Koschina and Matteo Ferrantino, the right-hand man of the Austrian Chef at Vila Joya (two Michelin stars). Sooner than he expected, he was invited to take over the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa - Relais et Chateaux’s kitchen. Here he got the green light for a tailor-made project and there was only one possible answer: "Yes." The following year, João Oliveira wears the VISTA restaurant's jacket for the first time. Just two years later, in November 2017, the famous Michelin Guide awarded João Oliveira with his first star, at the age of 30.
In 2018, he begins to create a new culinary concept. A "movement" created for VISTA that is leveraged by sustainability values of the ingredients, from its creation to its capture, leading to a renewed 'Sustainable Portugal' menu at the table. A menu without carbohydrates or gluten, respecting the flavors and the local producers, 95% which are from Portuguese origin, respecting the demands of the 21st century consumer. More than a movement, this is an ideology that comes to life in the kitchen of the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa restaurant. João Oliveira creates menus where you can find all kinds of fish from the Portuguese national coast, from the so-called nobles, to the currents, as well as shellfish, crustaceans and vegetables, where land and sea meet in a perfect mix of taste and experience. To make this reality possible, the Chef spent hundreds of hours looking for and choosing the perfect ingredients, respecting the way they mix with each other and developing innovative cooking techniques, so that these same products present, in his signature dishes, the most of their qualities.