how everything started
"Having a Restaurant & Hotel career between us, we decided to quit our jobs
& travel to the other side of the world to be outdoors and to get inspired. We worked on Organic Farms and met incredible people. Once in Madeira, we started to organize dinner parties for friends, where word of mouth quickly did its trick, and SEU-CHEF, our Private Chef Service took form. Over time, a pandemic, uncertainties, a lot of work, and support from our family, it was time to welcome people at our home, at the Gazebo".
Meet the Team
Co-Founder & Chef
Dreamer & doer
Entrepreneur, hard worker and always keen to experiment with different ingredients to make things challenging and interesting. Born and raised in mainland Portugal, Abrantes, studied in Estoril, cooked in Barcelona, Lisbon, Amsterdam and Christchurch, and has become a Madeiran at heart after moving in 2018 to start a family & business.
Co-Founder & Project manager
Binds things together
Also an entrepreneur spirit who manages marketing, events, bookings, details, mum life, and welcoming you to the Gazebo. Born in Madeira, though quite a European cocktail. Her parents, who also live on the premises, have a fascinating collection of antiques & stories which give that extra soul to the atmosphere.
Chef's right hand in the kitchen
A Creative & loyal friend
Studied Food Production & Restaurant Management with Filipe in Escola Hoteleira do Estoril, where they hoped one day to work together. Seven years later, Joel returned to his Madeiran roots and joined the team. His commitment, creativity, and dry humour are essential for a days work at the Gazebo. Also, his tech savvy-ness, much appreciated!
There is always room to improve our practices,
one step at a time.
We are so lucky to be in the center of Funchal where the weather is just right for having something to harvest all year round. We have fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and even coffee plants. We are also very grateful to know and use wonderful products from local farmers around the island. Our neighbours chickens and compost heap are also grateful for all the food scraps!