quinta-feira, 13 de novembro de 2014

Andy and Ben Do Portugal & Spain



Há pouco mais de um mês recebi um curioso e agradável email, que aqui partilho convosco (salvaguardando alguns intervenientes).

Hi Olivia,

I hope this email finds you well. R***** C******* from the Australian Embassy has passed on your details as Alquimia dos Tachos is one of the most exciting food blogs in Portugal. I'm working with MasterChef Australia winner and finalist Andy Allen & Ben Milbourne as they are about to depart for a trip to Portugal and Spain to film a series around food, travel, adventure and culture. (...). 

Andy & Ben will be in Lisbon between 1-3 November and in Lagos on 4-5 November and I thought there might be an opportunity for you to do an interview about food or otherwise, with Andy either prior to departure, or perhaps arrange a meeting together while he is in your country.(...).

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Obviamente, fiquei muito feliz e entusiasmada com a possibilidade de um encontro com duas pessoas vindas do outro lado do mundo, para falar de gastronomia. Ainda por cima, da nossa rica gastronomia.

Conversa vai, conversa vem (ou email vai, email vem) lá fomos acertando detalhes e planeando como tudo iria acontecer.

Como puderam ler no email, Andy e Ben estiveram em Lisboa de 1 a 3 de Novembro (sábado, domingo e segunda). Por motivos pessoais, eu já tinha destinado ir nesse fim de semana a Lisboa... 
Maravilha! Tinha aí a oportunidade de juntar o útil ao agradável.

Mas (chato do mas) não aconteceu o encontro! Que lástima!!!

Os "meninos" (como lhes chama, devido à tradução, a autora do email) só puderam ir ao Mercado na segunda-feira... e por essa ocasião já eu estava no Porto... (trabalho, trabalho, trabalho) 

Bem... o importante é que ambos se dizem muito felizes com esta experiência e prometem voltar. :)


Nesta foto, o "nosso" Avillez fazendo as honras da casa

Apesar de não ter podido perguntar-lhes pessoalmente, houve uma disponibilidade fantástica para me responderem a algumas perguntas, que eu aqui vos deixo.


What is the purpose of the project Andy & Ben Do?

Back in 2012 when Ben & I were on Masterchef we made a promise to ourselves to travel to Mexico and learn more about the culture and food that we were obsessed with. We were lucky enough in 2013 to have the team and the opportunity to make this happen, and then Andy & Ben Do… was born. Being able to do that was like living the dream, and then here we are a year later able to make it happen again in Portugal and Spain, and it’s amazing. We’re really interested in sharing information around food, travel and adventure with an audience, so of course we’re filming everything and turning it into a 5 part series. Andy & Ben Do Mexico is currently on my YouTube channel, and next year Andy & Ben Do Spain & Portugal will also be there. 

Australia know Portuguese cuisine? Someone talks about it?

There isn’t a huge amount of focus on Portuguese cuisine in Australia to be honest. I guess when you’re in another country you only get a small part of the story. For example there’s a big focus in Australia on the Mexican burrito – but we went to Mexico and didn’t see one burrito! In Australia we have the Portuguese custard tart and the Portuguese chicken (butterflied with a beautiful herb rub), but you really have to seek it out to know more. That’s why we’re so exicted to be over here, discovering everything for ourselves. 

And you? Do You already knew the Portuguese gastronomic culture, or had to study a little about it?

Working in food now I know a bit more than I did before I went into Masterchef, but I was just excited about coming here and learning direct from the Portuguese people, chefs and restaurants. There’s no better way to learn.

In your opinion, the Portuguese food is...

Portuguese food is stooped in tradition but the people we met along the way, like Jose Avillez, were much more about tweaking tradition to create their own modern takes on their country’s classics. Oh and it's all seafood. If you love seafood, you'll love Portugal

Why Lisbon and Lagos?

If we had more time then we’d travel the entire stretch of Portugal, but we had to select two great places for us to get a taste of Portugal. Lisbon, as the capital, was exciting for us. We’ve just left and we had the most amazing experience. We went to the markets then cooking with Jose Avillez – for both Ben and I think was one of the best food experiences we’ve ever had. We took a helicopter tour over Lisbon too. Then we head down to Lagos and are staying in this villa and I just don’t want to ever leave. It’s on the coast, everywhere is stunning, the people are lovely. You are making it really hard for us to leave the country. I really want to come back and see more. Heaps of people on Twitter and Facebook have said we have to go to Porto next time – apparently it has a really well known food culture. It’s on my list of places to visit! We’ve been travelling with Tempo Holidays who arranged everything from Australia and they have really great local connections. While in Portugal we’ve been travelling with Cityrama and they’ve shown us such a good time. It’s been something we’ll never forget. And we’ve both probably put on 10kg since arriving!

You also visited Spain. Do you think the food is identical in this two countries?

From what I’ve seen, the difference between Spanish & Portuguese food is the traditions. For countries that are so close together, they are proud of the unique traditions that make their cuisine different. Portugal has the seafood thing nailed. Spain knows Jamon.

Before Masterchef, both had very different professions. You feel desire to return to them, or the food has assumed the lead role in your professional lives?

Absolutely – I was an electrician and Ben was a school teacher and Masterchef allowed us both to get a taste of a career and a life involved with food. I can speak for both of us when I say we’d never look back. We both love the food industry, and I can speak for both of us when I say we’d never look back.


"Obrigado Portugal!"



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Obrigada Andy e Ben. São sempre muito bem-vindos!

Thanks Andy and Ben. You are always very welcome!


8 comentários:

  1. Olívia, parabéns pelo convite, porque é verdade: um dos melhores blogs! Mas também parabéns e obrigada por esta partilha, que na verdade poderia ser só uma história de "bastidores", mas ajudaste a divulgar o trabalho de quem veio para divulgar também a nossa comida&cozinha. Beijinho

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  2. Que máximo, o teu blog passa fronteiras :-)
    Parabéns e que voltem!

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  3. Que pena não teres podido estar lá :(
    Gostei de ler a entrevista, acho sempre giro saber o que os outros pensam do país em qualquer aspeto :) Só achei que o inglês das perguntas poderia estar um bocadinho melhor, há alguns erros bastante flagrantes :P

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    1. Foi mesmo! Mas o trabalho assim obrigou...
      Em português teria ficado melhor! Mas os "meninos" entenderiam pior que o meu mau inglês :P

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  4. E pensar que tudo começou com um tão simples gostar de fazer comida boa para o paladar e para os olhos!!! Estou estupefacta com a repercussão que já tomou O.o Parabéns, formadora!

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