Meet The Chef – El Bigoton
Meet Alex, Head Chef, and Ana, Creative Chef and General Manager, at El Bigoton!
Alex and Ana arrived from Brazil to Sunshine Coast in 2016! They took over an old (very old) Mexican joint – El Bigoton – and, as part of The Wharf’s revamp in 2018, introduced a new El Bigoton to the world. This new El Bigoton boasted flavours from Mexico, Brazil and beyond.
We caught up with Alex and Ana to get to know more about them and El Bigoton.
Who taught you how to cook?
Alex: My grandmother
Ana: My family, some past work experiences, and cookery school
What’s the first meal that you remember cooking, and do you still cook it?
Ana: polenta with Bolognese sauce
What do you cook at home when you’re off shift?
At the moment, whatever the kids might eat 🙂
What was your go-to first date meal?
What inspires the dishes you create at El Bigoton?
The authenticity. Also how ingredients and flavours are all connected throughout Latin America but with a different history behind each of them.
What is your favourite dish at El Bigoton?
Alex: picanha PF
Ana: Fish tacos
Who is your favourite celebrity chef?
Alex Atala because he values the native ingredients and culture of Brazil
The Queen of England, Anthony Bourdain, Beyonce are at your house; what do you cook?
Alex: Brazilian BBQ,
Ana: Bobó (Brazilian prawns and cassava kind of curry)
What’s your favourite thing about Mooloolaba?
Being so close to everything: beach, parks, restaurants, and the hinterland.
Alex and Ana have brought the best street food from all around Latin America to the Sunshine Coast, offering dynamic and mouthwatering dishes. El Bigoton is all about real food made from scratch – authentic flavours and fresh ingredients!
Come and enjoy soft corn tortillas, arepas, housemade beans, Brazilian BBQ meats and much more.