Meet Bernardo Calvo Oliveira, European Young Chef Award 2019 finalist from Coimbra Region, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021.
Dedicated, passionate and humble, Bernardo Calvo Oliveira is proud to represent Coimbra Region, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021 at the European Young Chef Award 2019 that will be hosted by South Aegean, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019 in Rhodes, on 22-24 October 2019.
18 years old, Bernardo is a student of Food Management and Production at the Coimbra Hotel and Tourism School. During his studies, he completed different cooking and pastry internships that have provided him with more confidence, learning opportunities and knowledge.
Despite his young age, Bernardo has already participated in different culinary contests. He got second place in the Portuguese national competition Young Talent of the Year in 2018 and won the first national prize in the student category in the contest Revolta do Bacalhau. He has also been selected for the contest Jovem Talento da Gastronomia 2019 (Gastronomy Young Talent 2019) in the category Cozinha com Bacalhau Brasmar (Cooking with Brasmar Cod).
Bernardo’s future plans include taking a degree in Gastronomy and undergoing complementary training to fulfil his goal to work in a professional kitchen with love and soul, performing with confidence and perfection, and providing others with amazing food experiences.
The European Young Chef Award 2019 is a competition organised and promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT) in collaboration with South Aegean, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019.
The European Young Chef Award gathers finalists of regional contests from around Europe to present and exchange knowledge about traditional dishes and local food products from their regions and then compete proposing their innovative reinterpretation of traditional recipes, judged by star chefs and international experts.