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Grandmother's recipes

Germán Lucarelli has two successful restaurants in Maine, USA, where he uses his grandmothers' recipes to make the dishes.

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To achieve success,  Germán Lucarelli  started from the simple - the recipes of his grandmothers. This Argentine chef today has two restaurants in  Maine, United States , and charges more than a million dollars a year. The road up there, however, was not easy.

A native of  Hurlingham , in the province of Buenos Aires, when he finished high school he followed his family mandate and began college. The chosen career: Architecture at the UBA. For that, he moved to Belgrano, in Capital, to his uncle's house.

Her true passion, however, had been sucking her since a child, from the hand of her  grandmothers . Maria Elena, her paternal grandmother, was Argentinian, but of Italian descent. Elena, on her mother's side, was a stew specialist.  At 16, Germán already looked into the  kitchens .  So then, while studying Architecture, he began to work as a washing machine in a restaurant: he fell in love with that world. So much so that his vocation was reconsidered.  He left everything to devote himself to his true passion: cooking. 

Without the support of his family, he moved to a pension and began to work whatever it was, as he continued to get into that world he loved so much. Until his first big opportunity came:  a season in Las Leñas  with a great hotel entrepreneur. Then, other experiences came around the world: Asunción, Istanbul, Marbella, Paris and London. Finally, his final destination: the  United States . On the way, he learned with the best:  Cat Dumas  and  Martin Berasategui  , among others.

The own kitchen

After going through many kitchens, it was time to have your own. Together with his partner, Sante Calandri, in 2015 he opened   The Ports of Italy  , in Kennebunk, Maine. With Italian food, inspired by the recipes of her grandmothers, the place was a success. Over time, he decided to bet even more on his roots: he opened   The Lost Fire BBQ , Patagonian Grill , specializing in Patagonian roast.

Both places are a resounding success and their story, the evidence that we never regret following our dreams.

Publication Date: 24/08/2020

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