From Fiji to Los Angeles.
Tanned, designer stubble and always smiling: Louis Tikaram could easily pass as born-and-bred Portuguese – yet the 29-year-old top chef who works in his own “E.P. Restaurant” in Los Angeles is originally from Fiji. That’s where he learnt to cook: “In the kitchen with my grandmother”, he tells us proudly. “My grandmother’s family had roots in Fiji, India and China. The cuisine in our house was equally colourful. I inherited my love of cooking from her”.
Today, Louis is not cooking in hectic Los Angeles nor on the gorgeous Fiji islands. The kitchen is a picturesque view point in the north-east of Portugal: it is a Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo which is parked at a view point. From here, there is a wonderful view of the Douro region, one of the best wine-growing areas in Portugal.