“For me cooking is something extraordinary; something done with a lot of passion, that brings laughter, conviviality and love around a full table, but always keeping an eye on sustainability and ensuring that no waste happens.”
Rúben Lima is the young chef who represented Coimbra Region, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021-22 at the European Young Chef Award 2022.
Rúben is a 19-year-old student from Lousã. He is currently completing a Training Course in Cooking and Pastry at the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Coimbra and will soon start a Course in Pastry Management and Production at the School of Hospitality and Tourism of the West. During his studies he did two internships, one at the Pestana Hotel in Madeira and one at the Six Senses Hotel in the Douro, where he grew up professionally, but also personally.
“The things that I enjoy the most are cooking, learning new techniques of cooking and pastry, and creating new dishes, always thinking about sustainability, flavours, textures and what people feel when eating my creations” affirms Rúben who, besides that, loves practicing physical exercise and spending time with his family and friends.