Paolo Casagrande does not own the Michelin three-star Lasarte, but his contribution as chef de cuisine combines Martin Berasategui’s signature dishes with his own infused flair of haute cuisine into the Spanish restaurant.
Casagrande attended catering school under his father’s urging in the 1990s before moving to London and later Paris to train beneath respected French chefs Pierre Pommel and Alain Soliveres. In 2003, he met Berasategui, who put him in charge of his new restaurant, M.B. A star was born as Casagrande earned his first Michelin star.
He moved on to Berasategui’s Lasarte in 2012, which had already achieved two-star status. Casagrande’s contributions brought it up to three.