Some might call it the seven-year itch, but after heading the Pastuso kitchen since it launched in 2014, Alejandro Saravia is leaving the AC/DC Lane restaurant to pursue other projects.
"I thoroughly enjoyed bringing Peruvian cuisine to Melbourne with the team at Pastuso over the last seven years and I wish them all the best in the future," Saravia said in a statement.
The Peruvian chef introduced Melburnians to specialities from his homeland, including skewered beef hearts, alpaca, ceviche (citrus-marinated raw fish) and the punchy grape spirit pisco.
But along the way, he fell in love with the produce of Gippsland, and early this year, Saravia opened Farmer's Daughters, a three-level deli, cafe, restaurant and bar specialising in the food and wine of the region at the 80 Collins Street development.
"I am excited about the continuous journey of bringing the best of Gippsland to Melbourne with Farmer's Daughters as well as a range of other projects that I will be pursuing," the chef said.
Limited bookings are available at Farmer's Daughters from October 26 with a $75-a-head set menu.
Farmer's Daughters, 95 Exhibition Street, 80 Collins Precinct, Melbourne, farmersdaughters.com.au