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TEDxLondonBusinessSchool - Nuno Mendes - My Life as a Traveller

Nuno Mendes grew up in Portugal, sparking a love for Portuguese cuisine and seafood still evident in his cooking. Working on the family farm, he gained a deep connection with the land and the importance of how food is produced. Following training at the California Culinary Academy, Nuno began working as a chef. His passion for food has led him to study numerous different cuisines, and his career has led him to the finest restaurants in the United States and Europe, including Jean Georges in New York City, Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, and a brief internship at El Bulli in Roses. Projects have included Nuno's acclaimed restaurant Bacchus and his innovative private supper club, The Loft. Originally set up as a temporary supper club and personal test kitchen, the Loft has now become a platform for the next generation of talented chefs to take up residency and showcase their food. Chefs are invited from top kitchens around the world to host dinners for guests around one communal table. In recent years, Nuno Mendes has been loaded with accolades. His restaurant -- Viajante -- won a coveted Michelin star within just 9 months of opening. Yet for Nuno, more important is seeing the excitement and enjoyment sparked by those who experience his singular, inspirational food. Food bloggers discuss every dish in minute detail and seats at the restaurant are booked out for weeks in advance. Further awards have followed: in 2010, The London Restaurant Festival commended Viajante and awarded Nuno and the team the 'Bravery' Award. The restaurant also won the Remy Martin VSOP Award for 'Best-Rated Newcomer' in Harden's London Restaurant Guide 2011. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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