Fernando Machado was born and raised in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. He began his career in hospitality in Portugal at Hotel Sydney in Santo Tirso and the Hotel Boavista in Albufeira. In the early 1990s, Machado headed overseas to the United States landing on Long Island where he spent time in the kitchens of Italian restaurant La Primavera in East Hills and Davenport in Mineola, which served Classic American and German cuisine. In 2009 Machado had the opportunity to work under the tutelage of acclaimed chef Guy Reuge at Mirabelle Restaurant in Stony Brook. For 14 years he has worked alongside Chef Reuge as chef de cuisine at Mirabelle which has been included among Newsday’s Top 100 restaurants for the past 10 years and is an annual Wine Spectator award winner. Machado assumed the role as executive chef at Mirabelle in 2022 upon Reuge’s retirement. When he is not in the kitchen Machado enjoys family time, traveling to explore new places and always maintains a passion for food and creating new dishes.