Caroline Martins was born in Brazil, and has had a fascinating life journey so far. She spent over a decade working as a plasma physicist before giving up a scientific career to pursue the lifelong dream of becoming a professional chef.
That journey began by taking part in MasterChef Brazil, which led to Caroline gaining a significant fan base in her home country. She then moved to London to obtain a diplome at the esteemed culinary school Le Cordon Bleu. After that, Caroline worked in some of the finest restaurants in the world, including positions at Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs (2 Michelin stars), Trenkerstube at Hotel Castel (2 Michelin stars), Galvin La Chapelle (1 Michelin star) and Pied à terre (1 Michelin star).
After moving to Manchester in early 2020, Caroline has spotted a gap in the market: there’s no Brazilian fine dining restaurants in the UK. With that in mind, she’s created Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo currently holds residency in Blossom Street Social in Manchester’s trendy Ancoats district. Offering a regularly changing menu, it showcases the best locally-sourced ingredients alongside traditional Brazilian flavours to bring truly unique British-Brazilian fusion dishes to Manchester.
Met with favourable reviews from diners and the media alike, the response has been fantastic and demand has been continuing to grow.
Caroline appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu 2022, representing the north-west region, and proudly representing her beloved Manchester (city that is now her home sweet home).