Chef of Chef Works – Jordi Valles

Chef Jordi Valles

Celebrated Chef Jordi Valles hails from Barcelona, Spain. After spending his teenage years learning family style cooking in restaurants run by his uncles, aunts, mother and father, Chef Jordi aimed to forge a unique path for himself as a chef. Unlike his family members who specialized in restaurant management, he decided to authenticate his experience in the kitchen by completing a degree in Tourism and Culinary Arts of Vall d’Hebron at the famed CETT University School of Hospitality Management.

After honing his skills within some of the best kitchens in Paris and Spain, Chef Jordi moved to Asia to expand his horizons, working first at Mare Nostrum Restaurant in Beijing and then at Paresa Resort in Phuket. Chef Jordi’s cuisine offers modern twists on old classics and showcases contemporary Mediterranean cooking at its finest. His open minded attitude and savoir faire in the kitchen have led him to be the recipient of multiple awards over the past ten years. He joined the Pirata Group team as the Executive Chef of The Optimist, a restaurant in Hong Kong that showcases Northern Spanish cuisine.

Your restaurant/business?
The Optimist By Pirata Group

 

Describe your kitchen?
Honest Spanish

 

Favorite Chef  Works item and why?
Trousers & Very Light And Fresh Jacket

 

First job?
Waiter

 

Your favorite cookbook?
Eleven Madison Park : The Cookbook

 

Your Awards
3 Times Best Chef Of The Year In Beijing

 

Your cooking inspiration?
Essential Childhood Flavors

 

Your speciality dish?
Lobster Rice, Suckling Pig

 

Favorite dish to eat?
Depends on the moment, from Japanese,Thai,Chinese, Mediterranean

 

Weirdest thing you ever ate?
Weirdest for me? Insects

 

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Coconut

 

Favorite drink?
Blended orange,ginger,lemon

 

Favorite wine (be specific)?
White Ekam (Castell d’Encus),Red Chateau Musar,Bubbles Ruinart BB

 

Who would you most like to cook for?
For anyone who needs it

 

Who would you least like to cook for?
For pets

 

Favorite things to do when not cooking?
Spend time with my family and friends

 

Your latest project?
Rebuild The Optimist Culinary offer

 

Favorite city and why?
Barcelona & Paris, so many memories and good food

 

Your greatest indulgence?
To wake up in the morning with my daughter kisses

 

Your all-time best culinary tip?
In a restaurant you cook for guests not for yourself.

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