Matteo Ferrantino, originally from Southern Italy, has been in Portugal for eight years, His journey here took him throughout Europe, working in some of the best restaurants and learning from the very best Chefs. Matteo worked in Spain most of the time, but also in Germany, Great Britain and in the unique and outstanding Hangar 7, in Austria, where he worked together with patron Chef Eckart Witzigmann, who was awarded the title of Chef of the Century by Gault Millau. Finally Matteo arrived in Portugal and at Vila Joya where he has been ever since
Matteo Ferrantino is currently seen as a rising star of fine cuisine. Not only thanks to having worked alongside big names in the world of gastronomy, starting with Roland .Trettl (Ikarus), Jean-Georges Vongerichten (New York), David Thompson (best Thai food worldwide), Dieter Koschina (Restaurant Vila Joya where he currently is working as Chef de Cusine) and many other renown Chefs, but also and especially due to his talent and his strong culinary ‘vision’.
Speaking of his relationship with Dieter Koschina, he says “We are like bread & butter, we work very well together and compliment each other.”
Matteo believes that the Algarve is a wonderful place that suites his tastes perfectly. It is because of the food, the outstanding products and the people.
Matteo’s style of cuisine is modern and innovative, however, he is very much influenced by traditional recipes he has learnt throughout the years and recipes from friends, colleagues and his vast collection of books. Matteo likes to cook fusing quality oils, herbs and fruits. Matteo is a perfectionist that strives for the perfect taste and presentation.