US-based restaurant group Sushisamba has appointed Cláudio Cardoso as its new executive chef in its London restaurant.
Sushisamba, which occupies the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower in the City of London, offers a blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine.
Cardoso, who joined the Samba Brands Management team this month, has a wealth of international experience and knowledge of ingredients to bring to the busy role, which involves catering to 600 covers in the restaurant alone.
The chef, born in South Africa to South African and Portuguese parents, most recently worked alongside executive chef João Alves in opening Il Mercato, the newest restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton, Sintra in Portugal.
Prior to that, in 2010, he worked as chef de partie at the Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel in Dubai with chef de cuisine Pedro Baroso before taking on at role as sous chef at Kaiten Sushi in Avenida, Portugal, working with executive chef Daniel Rente de Matos.
Cardoso pursued a formal culinary education in Estoril, Portugal, at age 15 and undertook a series of high-profile apprenticeships, including at the Orient Express in Lisbon and the Sheraton hotel in Bahrain.
The London Sushisamba restaurant opened in July last year and follows the group's ventures in New York, Miami, Chicago and Las Vegas.