Mac's Food Inspiration Trip To Lisbon


Every year, McMullen's Training and Development Kitchen holds competitions to find the best Chef, Fish Chef and Kitchen Manager throughout our company who is rewarded with a coveted prize as well as an all expenses paid trip to Lisbon for the ultimate culinary experience.

January saw our competition winners get away on a 3 day trip to Lisbon, sampling some of the amazing food Portugal had to offer. Lee Brooks, Food Development Manager, describes this year's experience.

"We headed to the beer museum in the harbour and enjoyed a feast of local delights including “Pastéis de bacalhau” salt cod fish cake with a cheese filling which were amazing, the cheese selection, cured hams, octopus salad, crispy calamari and local breads added to a perfect lunch. After lunch we jumped on a tram and headed to Belem, the home of the original Pastéis de Belém (Portuguese egg custard tart), following an ancient recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. That secret recipe is recreated every day in their bakery, by hand, using only traditional methods, you can watch them making the tarts through a glass screen which was simply mesmerising, by far the best custard tarts in Lisbon.

"Day two, we headed out to the Time Out Market which is an absolute must for any foodie, there was so much on offer not only is there a vast amount of fresh local products but also has pop up restaurants including sushi, pizza, burgers and noodles to the more traditional grilled sardines and the famous Portuguese egg custard tarts. An amazing place to go on a food trip where you see, smell and taste some of the Portugal’s finest produce. We even got to see filming of Masterchef in the market.

"Dinner was at Rib, Beef & Wine Restaurant, we enjoyed a selection of starters like beef croquettes, oxtail gyozas and beef carpaccio before tucking into the most amazing steaks including a tomahawk!! The whole experience at Rib was amazing, great food, team and restaurant a must go if you get the chance.

If you would like to be in with the chance of going on our annual all expenses paid trip, join our family today! Take a look at our Current Vacancies and apply!


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