Head Chef Nuno has been working at The Ninth for 6 years, and has been a core member since the restaurant opened – beginning as a Chef de Partie.
“I started in hospitality initially as a Kitchen Porter, where I saw chefs cooking everyday. One day I approached them and asked them to teach me, so they taught me how to cook while I worked as a porter. Once I felt confident cooking, I applied for chef jobs, starting as a commis chef and eventually worked my way up.”
“I never did formal chef studies – I just studied with other chefs and learnt on the go. If I ever had a question, I would just ask more experienced chefs and learn from them.”
“If you’re looking to become a chef, my advice is to find a cuisine that you’re passionate about, read books and go work with chefs that are doing what you like. There are so many chefs out there that will want to teach you. That’s how I found my job. I knew I liked French cuisine and found chefs who wanted to teach me, which gave me the opportunity to work my way through a career. Just know what you want to do, and find someone to teach you. “
“If I wasn’t a chef, I’d be a cinematographer. I moved to the UK initially to start a cinema school, but I started working in the kitchen and just continued cooking. I needed the job initially to live, but the career just happened and I loved it.”
“My favourite dish to cook is pasta. It’s quite therapeutic to make. And it’s nice to eat pasta that you’ve made from scratch. It can be any kind of pasta dish – everybody likes pasta so it’s always a good one to cook for people.”