Since 2009 Chef George Mendes has been cooking some of the most exciting Portuguese food you can
find in New York at his Michelin-starred restaurant Aldea. The trend-setting spot specializes in modern,
seasonal twists on traditional fare — and there's always something new to try. Mendes recently teamed up
with us to launch an exciting line of Portuguese-inspired sauces and condiments. We caught up with him to
talk about the essential pantry items in Portuguese cooking, how to add some heat to your food with piri
piri, and his obsession with egg tarts.