Born and raised in a small village in southern Italy, Alessandro Pepe began cooking with his mother at a young age. Growing up on a small farm, he learned the art of cooking from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Alessandro’s first job in a restaurant was in London, where he began as a dishwasher at night while attending school during the day to learn English.
His many talents and passion for cooking made him fall in love with the energy in the kitchen. Alessandro learned first-hand the inner operations of a kitchen by working his way from a salad chef to a Sous Chef. He has worked and managed kitchens in both London and New York City before moving to Connecticut where he began his career as a personal chef. He worked as the private chef to the Bishop, both for his personal dinners and the Bishop’s dinner guests. He then accepted the position of chef at the Seminary in Stamford, CT prior to moving to Charleston in 2017.
Alessandro embraces seasonal fresh ingredients to use in his dishes. His Italian roots support his belief that a good meal is a combination of sharing wonderful food with great people.
When he is not working, you will find him at home in Mount Pleasant, SC, making homemade pasta and drinking espresso with his wife Monica and taking bicycle rides with his dog, Massimo.