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George Mendes's take on the Portuguese classic shrimp alhinho Photo: Jerry Errico

George Mendes is chef/owner of New York’s highly acclaimed restaurant Aldea and a contestant on the current round of Top Chef Masters. But Food Republic tapped him for a primer on Portuguese cooking, eating, and drinking.

Still, we couldn’t resist asking for a recipe for his amazingly flavorful shrimp alhinho dish, which we’ve had at Aldea a number of times. Our new goal in life is to try this recipe and see how we do at home.

Why don’t you do the same and tell us how it goes in the comments.