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Two Minutes with Alejandro Cancino

By Kate McCart - 05 Jun 2012

Born in Argentina, Alejandro left home at the age of 18 for a three month scholarship and never returned (expect for the odd holiday to visit his Mum). Since leaving home he has seen out a number of amazing achievements including; working in the world's number three ranked restaurant, Mugaritz in Spain, and winning Young Chef of the Year UK in 2008. 

For the past two years Alejandro has been Chef de Cuisine at Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Tokyo Restaurants in Japan where they won a Michelin star during his tenure. Did I mention he is only 28-years-old? Seeking a more laid-back lifestyle, he has recently moved to Brisbane with his wife.

An amazing asset to our city's dining scene, Alejandro is the new Executive Chef at Urbane Restaurant and The Euro. 

TUL: Describe in one sentence what you do for work?
Cook, and organize a team to deliver a nice experience to the guests of Urbane Restaurant.

TUL: What is the most exciting part of your job?
Working with fresh produce.

TUL: If you weren't working in your profession, what other career would you choose?
Journalist.

TUL: Describe your style.
Fresh, local, modern.

TUL: If you were an animal, what would you be?
Bird.

TUL: If you could have a super power what would it be?
Fly.

TUL: The last thing you purchased?
An iPad.

TUL: Best way to spend $50?
Go out with friends...

TUL: And the best way to spend $500?
Travel.

TUL: 3 great reads? 
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, The Greatest Secret in The World by Og Mandino and El Tunel by Ernesto Sabato.

TUL: What was the last song you downloaded?
'Smile' by Uncle Kracker.

TUL: The best gift that you have ever received?
My wife's time.

TUL: The best gift that you have ever given?
Our dog, Lillie.

TUL: What would you request for your last meal on earth?
Fruit.

TUL: Place for a drink?  
The Laneway Bar.

TUL: Indulgence?
The Onsens in Tokyo.

TUL: Latest Brisbane discovery?
James Street Market, James Street. 

Why not spend two minutes with Tank Restaurant and Bar's Executive Chef, Alastair Mcleod. 

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