Working as a chef, Alejandro spent the last eight years traveling the world, indulging in and engaging with an array of foods and cultures. Growing up in Peru, South America, he was introduced to the strong flavors and variety of ingredients of Peruvian cuisine from an early age. Drawing inspiration from memories of his grandmothers cooking, Alejandro says, “You will be able to taste the divine essence of Peru”.
A highly qualified chef, Alejandro has worked at esteemed venues in Peru, Europe including Fat Duck (London) or Le Ambassadors (Paris) and at many well known Sydney establishments as well as Salon Blanc (Australia), and at Sails Restaurant at Lavender (Australia).
Alejandro is proud to be part of what he describes as a ‘Gastronomic Revolution’ that has recently evolved out of Peru. His personal approach to Peruvian cuisine and respect to traditions and flavors makes of Alejandroʼs style easy to understand by a foreign palate. “Rustic with a delicate and well balance flavours”
Arriving in Australia from the heart of Peru on New Years Eve 2006, Alejandro has embraced the melting pot of cultures in Australia, adding his own Peruvian influence to the food industry.
In 2007 Alejandro also founded his first project, “A taste of PERú” which demonstrates and educates foodies in the ingredients, flavours and cooking methods of Peru and Latin America, through degustation nights of Modern Peruvian Cuisine, Cooking Classes and Gourmet tours to his home country as well as giving classes at the prestigious Electrolux Cooking School in Melbourne for the last 3 years.
“A taste of PERú” is the result of Alejandro’s passion fueled by dedication and skill. Alejandro has played a significant role promoting Peruvian cuisine in Australia.
In October 2011, Alejandro opened MORENA – RESTAURANT AND PISCO BAR, situated in the heart of Sydney’s upbeat Surry Hills, MORENA showcase the amazing variety of flavors, ingredients and dishes of Peruvian and Latin American haute cuisine, with a fine dining service, yet fun and relaxed vibe. As a result of Alejandros passion for it’s country and culinary background Morena has been critical acclaimed and featured in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD GOOD FOOD GUIDE, positioning MORENA as the first Peruvian Restaurant to be feature in this famous restaurant guide.