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THE TEAM

The team at The Optimist is peerless, having held positions in kitchens, bars and hospitality all over the world for many years. The team comes together at The Optimist to bring guests the ultimate dining experience. Expect great food, great drinks and exceptional service.

Jordi Valles

Executive Chef

Celebrated Chef Jordi Valles hails from Barcelona, Spain. After spending his teenage years learning family styled cooking in restaurants run by his uncles, aunts, mother and father, Chef Jordi to forge a new path for himself as chef. Unlike his family members who specialized mainly in restaurant management, he decided to authenticate his experience in the kitchen by completing a degree in Tourism and Culinary Arts of Vall d’Hebron at the famed CETT University School of Hospitality Management.

Upon finishing his education, he further honed his expertise at the two Michelin Starred restaurant, Neichel, and at the three Michelin Starred restaurant, El Racó de Can Fabes, also in Barcelona.

After gaining experience within some of the best kitchens in Paris and Spain, Chef Jordi moved to Asia to expand his horizons, working first at Mare Nostrum Restaurant in Beijing and then at Paresa Resort in Phuket. Chef Jordi’s cuisine offers modern twists on old classics and showcases contemporary Mediterranean cooking at its finest. His openminded attitude and savoir faire in the kitchen have led him to be award with multiple awards over the past ten years. He now joins the Pirata Group team as the Executive Chef of The Optimist, a restaurant in Hong Kong that showcases Northern Spanish cuisine.

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