Alejandro Montes-Granada is the owner and executive chef of The Spaniard with more than 20 years of experience making paellas. He was born in Gijon, Asturias in Northern Spain.
Alejandro grew up between La Alcarria in Guadalajara, Madrid and Asturias, where as a child he was always curious about what was cooking in the family ovens. He was in charge and organized hiking and kayaking excursions along the Tajo River, preparing a good paella to end the day.
Alejandro is self-taught, and the foundation of his learning comes from experience from traveling throughout Spain and cooking for loved ones. His knowledge of traditional Spanish cuisine developed primarily from his childhood and from his mother, Maria Asuncion, who according to Alejandro, is the best cook in the world and in observing and helping his father, Luis, cook paellas in an open fire on the banks of the Tajo River. Later, he learned more from local restaurants and family celebrations, parties, and his Aunt Queca's charcoal oven and from the endless conversations with the cook, Leo.
All these experiences and hours studying, investigating, interpreting and cooking have led him to perfect nearly all his traditional recipes of Spanish gastronomy. Alejandro will take you, your family, friends, business partners on a gastronomic trip, you will be able to watch a chef in his element transforming fresh and quality ingredients into a delicious Spanish dish - the paella.