Jessica Carreira - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Jessica Carreira

ADEGA - San Jose, CA

At age 23, Chef Jessica Carreira was the youngest female chef to be recognized by the Michelin Guide with One Star for ADEGA Restaurant.  ADEGA was also the first and only restaurant to receive such a recognition in the city of San Jose, California.  Carreira was born in San Jose and early on showed an appreciation for the culinary arts.

Carreira traveled extensively, accompanying her parents on trips for their wine business and was exposed to different world cuisines, flavors, and ingredients. However, she always returned to the tastes and aromas of her heritage in Portugal.

After graduating from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles, Carreira lived in Portugal for three years where she perfected her culinary techniques and learned about the ingredients mostly used in Portuguese cuisine. While in Portugal Carreira worked at some of the best restaurants in Lisbon and Porto and with some of the best chefs in Portugal. Most notably, Carreira worked in the kitchen of one-star Michelin Restaurant Eleven in Lisbon.