Combining first-hand experience on his family’s farm in the Alentejo with unique ingredients and innovative techniques garnered during his travels, Mendes has endeavoured to pioneer new ideas throughout his career as a chef.
Nuno is known for opening the ground-breaking concept The Loft Project in London which he called a ‘gallery for chefs’. It became a platform for Nuno to create new recipes for intrigued diners and for inviting up-and-coming chefs from around the world take up residence.
In 2010 Nuno opened Viajante in the Town Hall Hotel. Set in the urban landscape of Bethnal Green, the restaurant received wide-spread recognition from critics as well as a coveted Michelin star within just nine months of opening. Viajante evolved from a local hotspot into an international destination. From there he went onto Chiltern Firehouse as executive chef in 2014, which opened to critical acclaim.
He has since opened the Corner Room, Taberna do Mercado and more recently Mãos – a kitchen, table and wine room seating 16 which was awarded a Michelin star in the 2020 guide.
Alongside his many hospitality endeavours, Nuno Mendes is also co-founder of Fuel for Learning, an East London based business working to bring nutritious and balanced food, as well as improving dining cultures in schools.
In more recent years, Nuno has pushed the boundaries of his discipline to curate ever more immersive experiences for his guests. Nuno is currently based in London and Lisbon, having opened Lisboeta, his love letter to Lisbon, in London’s Soho.
We can’t wait to welcome Nuno under the midnight sun and see how he interprets the Arctic larder. Joined by Alex Pole and Professor Play, this is a summer adventure we are super excited for.