Aldea (New York, NY)
A first‑generation American born to Portuguese parents, acclaimed chef and cookbook author George Mendes brought elevated Portuguese cooking to New York City when he opened his first restaurant, Aldea, in 2009. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1992, Mendesspent 17 years honing his knowledge, technique, and style under the guidance of some of the world’s greatest culinary masters including Alain Passard, Martín Berasategui, Roger Vergé, Alain Ducasse, and his most influential mentor, David Bouley. At Aldea, Mendes serves a menu of refined Portuguese-inspired dishes reflective of his classic training, Iberian experiences, and the flavors of his heritage—earning the restaurant a one-star rating from the Michelin Guide every year since 2010. When not in chef whites, Mendes enjoys running, fly fishing, and cooking simple and wholesome meals at home.
Awards & Accolades:
- Food & Wine magazine “Best New Chef” 2011
- One-star rating from the Michelin Guide since 2010
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