Joaquim Guerreiro, J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence

Joaquim Guerreiro
Executive Sous Chef
Pine Cliffs Hotel, A Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve
Algarve, Portugal


The Algarve region of Portugal is a secluded seasonal resort area with few year-round residents. The Pine Cliffs Hotel, A Luxury Collection Resort, must hire a majority of its staff new each season. It is no small task to staff 11 different restaurants at the resort. But there is one constant among the change: Joaquim Guerreiro, Executive Sous Chef. In his 27 years with the hotel, he has become known for his quiet and humble leadership with a steadfast dedication to his job.

During his tenure at the resort, Joaquim has served with 12 different executive chefs. And while the constant change could be considered challenging, he appreciates the opportunities to learn from new and experienced chefs. He says, “I take something from each chef I work with. The first executive chef I worked for came from Germany and was very organized. He challenged me and showed me the importance of an organized kitchen that I have remained consistent with to this day.”

Director of Human Resources Veridiana Fernandes recalls her first few months at the hotel. She was immediately impressed with Joaquim’s willingness to step up to whatever challenge was ahead. As the hotel’s annual Summer Gala Event approached and the hotel was still without an executive chef, she knew she could count on Joaquim to rally his team and masterfully orchestrate a plated dinner for 1,000 people. “I knew he was 100 percent committed to the company. He prepared an impeccable dinner. According to our guests, it was one of the best in the 25 years the hotel has been putting on this gala.”

Despite his quiet demeanor in the kitchen, Joaquim is quite the loud and boisterous leader on the soccer field, according to Veridiana. For the last six years, he’s been coaching the hotel’s soccer team. “He becomes a different person on the field!” she says with a laugh.
Award of Excellence 2018 winner Joaquim Guerreiro.
Joaquim Guerreiro

Joaquim Guerreiro

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