The Herdade do Esporão restaurant has been awarded the Michelin star and Michelin Green star for the second year running. The world’s most renowned gastronomy distinction has once again recognised the quality of the ingredients, the harmony of flavours, the mastery of techniques, and the identity and consistency that Chef Carlos expresses in his cooking.
The Michelin Green star acknowledges the team’s sustainable practices and work with local suppliers. The restaurant uses produce from its organic vegetable gardens, its own livestock production, as well as from the extensive protected forest area of Herdade do Esporão, from which it forages wild ingredients. Other practices and commitments undertaken by the restaurant include composting, reducing plastic and paper use, and managing resources sensibly and efficiently.
“Over the years, it has been a process of learning from our own garden, as well as developing trusted relationships with local suppliers. Our challenge is to create dishes that are based on local produce and, above all, have great quality, flavour and freshness. We will continue to shape this vision of a seasonal, local and conscious cuisine”, says Chef Carlos, recognised for his eco-friendly and low-waste approach.
António Roquette, head of Esporão’s tourism business unit, underlines the importance of this renewed recognition. “This recognition once again values the consistent work, dedication, resilience and passion of the chef and the entire team that works or has worked with the Herdade do Esporão restaurant, whether directly or indirectly, temporarily or permanently. It fills us with pride and brings with it added responsibility, not only because of the global recognition, but also because it values and praises the remarkable work of this team, contributing towards disseminating the practices we believe in and promoting our products and our territory, which is located in Portugal’s interior”.