Argentine nouvelle cuisine chef and experienced entrepreneur Alejandra Dellepiane told Inhabitat how she moved to Los Angeles at the young age of 18 years old. After working for several high-end restaurants she started cooking privately for celebrities including Steven Spielberg, Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, Danni de Vito, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Barbara Streisand.
After becoming pregnant with her first son, she decided to go back to South America, relocating with her family in bustling Punta del Este, a town famous for its pricy seaside homes, high-rise buildings, casinos, yacht harbor and amazing restaurants. Punta del Este is the perfect playground and meeting point for the international jet set — and for Alejandra’s energetic business ideas. Drawing on her wide experience with cooking for the rich and famous, Alejandra opened a very successful restaurant that quickly stood out from the crowd, offering innovative cuisine cooked with aromatic herbs — including fresh lemon basil, cinnamon and thyme she grew herself.
The restaurant quickly grew, and instead of managing her own business Alejandra decided to create the restaurant concept for star designer Philippe Stark’s luxurious Yoo Tower, which opened in Punta del Este two years ago.
After that incredible experience, she moved to the next town, the isolated fishermen town Jose Ignacio, and together with another chef, Emmanuel Romano and her architect father, created Container Design Loft, her latest project.