Will Carvalho was born in Portugal to a French mother and Portuguese father, whom he credits for influencing his love of food.
Will’s passion for cooking started in 1998 when he joined the Catering School in Lisbon. After finishing in 2001, Will was already working full time while studying.
In 2004, Will packed his bags and travelled to São Tomé and Príncipe, West Central Africa, where he trained at the Pestana Equator Resort.
Following this, Will worked under Dave Campbell and Richard Davies at the Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe where they gained a Michelin star.
In June 2008, Will moved to the Royal Society of Science where he headed up the hospitality section, cooking for the Royal Family and other big names - from Mick Jagger to Stephen Hawkings.
It was after this experience that Will went on to lead the kitchen at 41 Portland Place, which was listed in the Top 20 Venues in London (for under 200 people) with events ranging from House of Peroni to BBC private dinners to bespoke menus for private clients.
In 2011 Will made his official move into sports and performance cooking when he was invited to join the Brazilian Football Federation with the Women’s National Team. He travelled globally with them from the Olympics to the World Cup.
Since 2015, Will has been the Performance Chef for Gloucester Rugby, working closely with the players and their Sports Nutritionist, James Hudson.