Meet Alex Sanchez, co-founder & chef, Americano, Mumbai.

Anyone who has been to his restaurant has undoubtedly felt the sheer love and warmth Alex brings to his food. Beautiful in its simplicity, intricate in its sincerity, the food at Americano is a true reflection of its maker, Chef Alex. We chatted with the humble chef and here's how it went.

How did you get into cooking?

One of my earliest memories of my dad is the day he graduated from culinary school.  I remember him receiving his diploma, a tall white toque perched atop his head. It clearly made an impression on me, but it wouldn’t be until many years later, after attempting a year of traditional university, that I decided to pursue a career in cooking.  

Was becoming a chef always on your list?

My grandmother bought me a small toy kitchen set when I was 3 years old. I used to pretend to take orders and cook for my family.  Since then, I’ve always dreamed of owning a restaurant of my own, but never considered being a chef until early adulthood. 

What's the one thing you love most about what you do?

Connecting with people through food and sharing my passion. 

What inspires you every day?

My partner Mallyeka.

If not a chef, you'd be...?

A teacher.

Favourite city in the world?

San Francisco.

When you're not working, you are?

The thing about owning a restaurant is that there’s no day off.  That’s also part of what makes it exciting.  On off days, I make it a point to spend time at home with my partner and my cat. I exercise, read, cook something healthy.

What's your personal style?

I keep my wardrobe simple so that I can focus on living.  Like my cooking, my style is understated and purposeful.

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