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Conrad Algarve and Desire launch a gourmet culinary extravaganza, hosted by critically acclaimed Chef Heinz Beck

Heinz Beck dish
This October, Conrad Algarve will transform into a hub of gastronomic talent, hosting the culinary event of the year: a Gourmet Culinary Extravaganza. A three-day gourmet showcase presented in conjunction with Desire, Portugal’s leading gourmet initiative, nine Michelin-starred and two globally renowned chefs will create a series of exclusive ticketed culinary events for the first time, from October 29 – 31, 2016.

Already established as a gourmet hotspot, with GUSTO headed up by 3 Michelin-Starred Chef Heinz Beck, Conrad Algarve is set to reach new culinary heights this October. A food lover’s paradise, the Gourmet Culinary Extravaganza will see the arrival of 11 renowned international chefs joining together with a selection of celebrated chefs from Hilton’s fine dining portfolio. Hailing from destinations including: Bournemouth, London, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Egypt, Holland, and Spain, the Gourmet Culinary Extravaganza promises to be a unique fusion of flavours, technique and gastronomic finesse to tantalise the senses.  

Hosted by world renowned Chef Heinz Beck, the Gourmet Culinary Extravaganza chef line-up consists of the following Hilton Head Chefs: Roel Lintermans, of Waldorf Astoria Berlin, Sidney Schutte, from Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Matt Tebutt of Hilton Bournemouth, Eddie Benghanem from Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace and Joe Barza from Conrad Cairo. Additional celebrated chefs include Kevin Fehling, founder of The Table in Hamburg, Jacob-Jan Boerma, owner of De Leest in Holland, Paolo Casagrande from Restaurant Lasarte in Barcelona, Jose Avillez of Belcanto in Lisbon and Claude Bosi, Head Chef of Hibiscus in London. Leading Portuguese wine expert and Head Sommelier at Conrad Algarve, Antonio Lopes, will also be leading each culinary event with suggested wine pairings.  

Launching the Gourmet Culinary Extravaganza at Conrad Algarve on Saturday October 29 will be a seven course dinner at GUSTO, led by Hilton’s European pedigree chefs: Sidney Schutte, Roel Lintermans, Matt Tebutt and Heinz Beck. Sunday October 30 will follow suit with two gourmet events including a Barbeque Brunch at Dado showcasing Lebanese inspired cuisine. Sunday will culminate with the main culinary event - the Underground Culinary Extravaganza - a seated formal dinner with live entertainment. Leading the way with Italian cuisine antipasti, pasta and pizza, Heinz Beck will host a Pasta Party Lunch at GUSTO on Monday the October 31. Concluding the event, will be an additional seven course Closing Dinner at GUSTO, led by Claude Bosi, Paolo Casagrande, and Heinz Beck. Each of the gourmet events will also include a tailored selection of Portuguese wine pairing by Antonio Lopes.  

The Gourmet Culinary Extravaganza at Conrad Algarve will be a gastronomic experience of a lifetime. For more information on the Gourmet Culinary Extravaganza and details about each of the daily events, visit www.desirefestival2016.com. Please note, each culinary event is ticketed and has limited places so booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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