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The son of Portuguese immigrants, chef Telmo (as he’s known) spent the early part of his childhood on the island of Faial in the Azores, Portugal, where his father owned and operated a family restaurant. It was there that his love of restaurants and cooking took hold. Faria later moved to San Jose, CA, where he grew up eating well and learned to appreciate new cuisines.
A graduate of the California culinary academy, Faria has headed the kitchens of La Salette restaurant in Sonoma, Tropisueño, Mosto, and served as founding executive chef of Tacolicious restaurants in San Francisco, where he also co-authored the Tacolicious cookbook.
A longtime dream to own and operate his own Portuguese restaurant led Faria to finally take a leap of faith in 2015. After several years of fine tuning his ideas through successful pop-ups, guest chef dinners, and traveling to Portugal, UMA CASA restaurant opened in January of 2017.
As executive chef and founder of UMA CASA, Faria returned to his Portuguese roots, to share his story and culture with the city he loves. Faria has most recently expanded his Portuguese offerings with the opening of Piri Pica, where he is a co-founder, partner, and director of culinary operations.