Star Chef Dieter Koschina

  • Dieter Koschina

    Dieter Koschina has been working at Vila Joya for more than 28 years and secured his first Michelin star in 1995 and his second in 1999. Chef Koschina is an essential part of the gem which is Vila Joya – and he is also one of Portugal’s highly decorated chefs.

    The Atlantic Ocean on the doorstep of the villa is a great source of inspiration for the chef. He predominantly uses fresh and light products from Portugal and places great emphasis on the flavour when preparing his dishes – and only then comes the presentation. His cuisine is therefore straightforward, full of aroma and exclusively focused on the product. And since new products are available each day, Koschina creates a new six-course menu with his executive chef Stefan Langmann each and every day – truly exceptional for a restaurant of this category. Koschina himself jokingly refers to his philosophy as ‘John Wayne style’ – sometimes he shoots from the hip with his dishes. The fact that he has held his two Michelin stars for 20 years, despite the daily changing menu, shows just how much skill and talent this man has. 

    2014       22th place in the list of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”
    2015       World’s Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant, World Travel Awards
    2016       World’s Best Culinary Hotel, Boutique Hotel Awards
    2017       World’s Best Culinary Hotel, Boutique Hotel Awards
    2018       World ?s Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2018 by the World Travel Awards
    2019       20 years two Michelin stars - 1999 - 2019