Chef João Rodrigues studied in the chemistry area at school and his ambition was to become a marine biologist, because of his passion for nature and especially to the sea. He graduated in Culinary and Pastry at Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Lisboa (Lisbon Hotel and Tourism School) with 21 years.
He made internship’s in Sheraton Hotel and Ritz Hotel and worked at Lisboa Plaza Hotel. He won the Best Cocking Student title and afterwards started his degree in Culinary Arts in the Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo de Estoril (Superior School of Hospitality and Tourism of Estoril).
He worked at Bica do Sapato restaurant for 3 years with Chef Fausto Airoldi. He also worked alongside Chef Stephane Hestin and Chef Sebastien Grospelier (2 Michelin Stars) at Varanda Restaurant at the Ritz Hotel Four Seasons.
The following project was the opening of restoration areas in Lisbon Casino, where he worked at Pragma Restaurant in the command of Chef Fausto Airoldi. In 2007, he won the “Chefe Cozinheiro do Ano” (Chef of the Year) contest.
Since 2009, he participated at the opening of Altis Belém Hotel & Spa as Sous-Chef of the hotel and resident Chef of Feitoria Restaurant along Chef Cordeiro. The Feitoria has won his first Michelin Star in 2011 and been renewing it for 4 consecutive years. Since 2013, João Rodrigues is the Executive Chef of Altis Belém Hotel & Spa and in 2015 he was rewarded with the award of Chef de L’Avenir (Chef of the future) by International Gastronomy Academy.