Joao Fernandes

Participating Chefs

Joao B. Fernandes has been immersed in the culinary world for over 28 years. Inspired by his mother’s natural talent for cooking, he started learning how to cook professionally at the age of 16 in his homeland Goa, India. It was during this time when he worked in restaurants as a waiter, to put himself…

Joao B. Fernandes has been immersed in the culinary world for over 28 years. Inspired by his mother’s natural talent for cooking, he started learning how to cook professionally at the age of 16 in his homeland Goa, India. It was during this time when he worked in restaurants as a waiter, to put himself through school, determined to become a chef.

He traveled the world as a chef on Carnival Cruise lines. He decided to settle in the Cayman Islands and has been living in Grand Cayman for the last 22 years, during which time he has worked for some of the finer hotels and restaurants on the island. He has won many local culinary awards and was featured in the first edition of the Who’s Who of Chefs Book 2004-2005. In 2010, he joined Kirk Market as Executive Chef, where he creates a diverse range of gourmet and home-style dishes for the Kirk Gourmet Deli.

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