George Mendes is the chef and owner of two NYC restaurants: rustic Portuguese spot Lupulo, which received two stars fromThe New York Times, and the Iberian restaurant ALDEA. Acclaimed for its elevated approach to Portuguese fare, Mendes' cooking earned ALDEA a glowing two-star review by The New York Times, a Michelin star and recognition as one of GQ magazine's best new restaurants in the country in 2010. Himself named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2011, Mendes released his first cookbook, My Portugal: Recipes & Stories, in October 2014. Born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut by Portuguese parents, Mendes honed his talent under the guidance of several culinary masters, including Alain Ducasse and Martin Berasategui, and cooked at Bouley, Walls and Tocqueville. He has made numerous television appearances, including on the TODAY Show, CBS This Morning and Bravo's Top Chef Masters.