Leo Carreira

For his residency at L.C at Climpson’s Arch, Chef Leandro Carreira stepped away from the fine-dining he become known for, with a more simple approach to cooking that showed a strong pull towards his Portuguese roots. 

From January through to September 2016,  weekend lunch specials at the Arches focused on the terroir and traditions of a different Portuguese region each week.

Born and raised in Leiria in Portugal, Leandro first started working in restaurants in Lisbon before travelling around Europe and the Middle East. After three years working at Mugaritz in northern Spain – rated the sixth best restaurant in the world according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards – he came to London to cook alongside fellow Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes at Viajante.

Climpson’s Arch in London Fields, which is used by Climpson & Sons for coffee roasting as well as for restaurant residencies, has a habit of breeding successes. The original head chef, Dave Pynt, now has a successful restaurant in Singapore. His successor Tomos Parry won Chef of the Year at the Young British Foodies awards last year and went on to lead star-studded Mayfair restaurant Kitty Fishers. Andy Oliver’s Som Saa, became a permanent restaurant having smashed a crowdfunding goal.