When I was 12 years old I asked my parents to let me work during the summer holidays, in a restaurant where my father derived meat. After this vacations my life was spent between school and that kitchen. At the age of 16 I enrolled in the hospitality school of Santa Maria da Feira.
I started by working in a charming hotel in Vila do Conde. After a year and a half I decided to pack my belongs and travel to New York where I worked in a Portuguese restaurant (Alfama) in Manhattan for two years. I returned to Portugal and worked in 5 star hotels and some restaurants. In 2009 I participated for the first time in the Chef Cook of the Year contest, where usually only men participated. “I’m a woman from the north” in a world that appears to be for men, but I believe i’m an inspiration to other women. I want to always do good cooking and also challenge society by showing that professional cooking is also a world of women where they can and do know, lead and create, as well or better than men!