Market Square brings international culinary experience


    With the sound of music and the display of Brazilian flags, Market Square provided students and staff with an opportunity to experience Brazilian cuisine on Tuesday.

    Chef Marcelo de Castro Alves helped prepare traditional meals, which included Bailo de Duos, Creme de mandioquinha and Canjea, as a part of Sodexo’s Global Chef program.

    The program, which began in 2007, exchanges its top chefs and allows them the opportunity to travel to different countries and share their international cuisine with Sodexo affiliates, according to the program’s website.

    Alves is currently a head chef for Sodexo in Brazil. Prior to his time with Sodexo, he worked in London where he began his career, according to his Global Chef profile. He later worked with the Queen Elizabeth Conference Center for five years before returning to Brazil.

    The Global Chef program introduces students to a new culture but it is also a great experience for the chefs who participate in the program, Alves said.

    In his month-long stay, he is set travel to other universities across the United States to share his recipes, he said.

    While he shares his food expertise, he has also been introduced to food that is not very common in Brazil, he said. Among the most memorable are barbecue chicken wings and steak from Tim Love’s The Woodshed Smokehouse.

    So far, Alvez said he has enjoyed his experience in Fort Worth. This is his first time visiting Texas and United States, and his next destination will be New Orleans.