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The chef in the cap

Lele Cristóbal is already at the third place of Café San Juan, in San Telmo (Buenos Aires), and they are all a success. What's your secret?


Lele Cristóbal is a famous chef in the country. It happens that his style — both in the kitchen and outside — does not go unnoticed. Lele is a skaterchef , who works with the professionalism of the best chefs and with the closeness of the familiar. With no more pretensions than serving well prepared food with fresh produce, Café San Juanopened almost 15 years ago, in the neighborhood ofSan Telmo. Today, to eat there, you have to book several months in advance.

Before opening the restaurant, Lele toured several cuisines around the world, especially from Spain, Italy and France. He returned to Buenos Aires and, together with his mother Silvia, opened the first place in 2006. The magic is in the simple: a family atmosphere and traditional dishes, but with a professional touch. In the restaurant they work with direct suppliers, ensuring that the products are fresh and of quality.

Over the years, Lele added two new proposals. First, Café San Juan La Cantina, located a few blocks from the original. Both premises are usually with full seats several months before the date. Especially since Lele won a big broadcast with his TVshows. Finally, La Vermutería de Café San Juanalso opened, where it offers tapas, skewers and drinks.

In addition to his cooking skills, there is something that makes Lele Cristóbal different from others: his style, his wave and his way of working uncontractured, but no less professional. Those who work with him are mostly young and have a look similar to that of the boss. In Café San Juan there are no jackets or kitchen hats: there are jeans, T-shirts, aprons and caps with a visor .

- Where? - Where?

Café San Juan

San Juan Av. 450, San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Coffee San Juan La Cantina

Chile 474, San Telmo, Buenos Aires

La Vermutería de Café San Juan

Chile 474, San Telmo, Buenos Aires

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Publication Date: 26/06/2020

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