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Italian guy who went all

Italian guy who went all artistic with it!”. But no Northern British accent on this Chef - his part Texan drawl hints at his eclectic upbringing. At three years old his family moved to Canada and then onto Texas, but for this creative 19 year old, it was not long before the lights of the city called. “I was lucky, my first job was at Blue Smoke” [managed by renown restauranteur Danny Meyer]. “There the Chefs looked like pirates! All hipster skull scarves, tattoos and nose rings. So you can image the shock of starched crisp whites and toques at my next job at 11 Madison Avenue!” the Chef laughs. “I remember I walked in on my day off and got hired. I was in awe: 200 covers on a Saturday night? That sure taught me discipline.” No room for pirates on that tight ship! Although the Chef left 11 Madison Park after two years, it wasn’t 42 the only time Chef Allan would work with renown Chef Daniel Humm. “I was 21 and when he called me - that was it! Four years behind the pass as sous chef. It was during that time I was part of a 2 Chef USA team for Bocuse D’Or 2011 and we came 10th.” Impressively, all while Allan was just 23. “But as well as the great experience it provided, it also changed my nationality!” He laughs “With days before I was meant to go, I only just managed to get my US citizenship!” All great in the Algarve I chat languidly with Chef Thomas and his pastry Chef on the lawns of the picturesque Vila Vita resort in Southern Portugal. The resort is well respected for its own cuisine headed by talented Executive Chef Hans Neuner, both at Michelin started Ocean as well as across all of its 11 restaurants each with a

distinctive menu featuring hyper local, home grown and ownlabel produce. Increasingly the resort is also renown as the meeting spot for Top Portuguese Chefs as well as notable international guest Chefs who gather for its Gourmet food festival held every other year. Top Chefs from around the world are invited here to showcase their own style cuisine, served at a revolving roster of “four hands” or multi-Chef gala dinners. Chefs at this year’s event included renown Portuguese Chef Dieter Koschina of two Michelin starred Vila Joya, Spanish Chef Àlvaro Garrido from Bilboa’s Mina restaurant, nicknamed “Mina Warrior’s Kitchen” that carves out a unique new menu daily, as well Karlheinz Hauser of Hamburg’s two Michelin restaurant Seven Seas as UK’s own Nigel Haworth from Northcote, that hosts its own annual food festival “Obsession”. Shake in some dapper 43