Rita Jorge

Brief info

"Born in Mozambique and raised in Oporto, I arrived in Lisbon 10 years ago in pursuit of a dream of working in the field of Gastronomy. After my master's degree in Gastronomic Sciences, I took a Culinary Arts course, where I met Ana Viçoso and a great friendship was born. Now, I accepted Ana's challenge to join the Lisbon Cooking Academy team and I couldn't be happier! I'm the one who receives your contacts and organizes all activities with our team of Chefs but I'm always ready to put on my chef jacket!”

Professional Path

Rita studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, where she had the opportunity to go to Italy and study Agrotourism.

After giving several training courses in the agricultural area, she sought to deepen her knowledge in the food and wine area. In 2012 she read a newspaper article about the Master’s degree in Gastronomic Sciences and dropped everything in pursuit of the dream of approaching the world of Gastronomy. In the Master’s she missed some more knowledge of cooking techniques and embraced another challenge by joining the Culinary Arts course at the Lisbon Hotel and Tourism School. After having participated in several gastronomic events and passing through some excellent kitchens, Rita had the opportunity to work at AHRESP in an international Gastronomy project that was marked by a close proximity to great personalities in the area and by trips abroad promoting the best of our cuisine. Before Lisbon Cooking Academy, she also had the opportunity to work at Chefs Agency, with a team of specialists in the field of communication and Gastronomy events, managing internationalization projects and others linked to sustainability.´

  • Degree in Agricultural Engineering  – Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
  • Curricular internship on Agrotourism in the Region of ÚmbriaUniversitá degli Studi di Perúgia, Itália
  • Manager of the project “Circuito do Vinho do Porto” Fundação da Juventude, Porto
  • Master’s Degree in Gastronomic Sciences – Instituto Superior de Agronomia and Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Lisbon
  • Culinary Arts Technological Specialization Course – Lisbon Tourism and Hotel Studies School in partnership with Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne
  • Internship – L’AND Vineyards Resort, Montemor-o-novo
  • Cooking Chef – Restaurante Taberna da Rua das Flores and respective residences at “Tascas no Cais” (Cais do Sodré, Lisboa) and “Peixe em Lisboa” (Pátio da Galé, Terreiro do Paço, Lisboa)
  • Cooking Chef – Rib Beef & Wine, Hotel Pestana Vintage, Porto
  • Gastronomy, Quality and Special Programs – Associação de Hotelaria, Restauração e Similares de Portugal
  • Project managerChefs Agency
  • Project managerLisbon Cooking Academy