Born in Austria, Hans Neuner had both a thirst for travel and cooking. Working in hotel restaurants in an effort to see the world, he worked at the Carlton in Saint Moritz, Switzerland; the Dorchester in London and the Tristan in Mallorca, Spain, before arriving in Germany. There, he trained under Karlheinz Hauser before setting off on his own.

In Portugal, Neuner became the executive chef of the new Ocean restaurant in the coastal Algarve region in 2007, hoping to make a name for himself. And that he did.

Just two years later, Michelin came knocking. It gave Ocean one star but upped it to two in 2011.