Alex Diestra

Portland

Asian, Fusion, Seasonal


Specialities

Asian, Fusion

About Alex Diestra

Chef Alex Diestra got his start at the age of 19, working his way up through kitchens helmed by great chefs. He has worked under Indonesian Chef Richard Van Rossum and James Porter of Petite Maison in Scottsdale, Arizona. But his love for cooking began much earlier thanks to his mother’s culinary influence. He cites her traditional cooking methods and memorable dishes as inspiration for his career.

Chef Alex was formally trained at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland and has worked in the kitchen at popular Asian Fusion restaurant, Saucebox for several years. He worked closely with chefs Gregory Gourdet and Jason Neroni before rising to Executive Chef in 2011.


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Alex Diestra's Video Tutorials

Ginger Lemongrass Crème Brûlée

Alex Diestra
Intermediate

The contrast of creamy flavor-infused custard and crunchy, carmelized sugar makes for a delicate and impressive dessert.

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Authentic Vegetarian Spring Rolls

Alex Diestra
Easy

These vegetarian spring rolls are wrapped in lumpia wrappers and fried for layers of crisp crunchiness.

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How to Bread and Deep Fry Soft Shell Crab

Alex Diestra
Intermediate

Tender crab meat surrounded by a crispy, corn starch crust makes for a perfectly balanced bite.

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How to Use a Kitchen Torch

Alex Diestra
Easy

Learn how to play with fire in the kitchen, safely and strategically.

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How to Make the Perfect Miso Soup

Alex Diestra
Easy

Learn how to make miso soup easily, perfectly, every time.

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Slow-Braised Korean Baby Back Ribs

Alex Diestra
Easy

This recipe combines traditional Korean flavors with the fall-of-the-bone goodness of slow-braisesd ribs.

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Korean Ginger Soy Sauce Marinade

Alex Diestra
Easy

This aromatic marinade has hints of salty, sweet, and sour flavors.

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An Overview of Lemongrass

Alex Diestra
Easy

Learn to break down this vegetable for a tangy, aromatic addition to marinades, sauces, and stocks.

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