Roman Troncoso

I am a Chilean who has been working since the age of 15. I started as a cupbearer, then moved on to being a waiter, bartender, and eventually a cook. I studied gastronomy because I feel like the kitchen is the only place where I can express myself by sharing stories and feelings through food.

It all started with my dad’s weekend BBQs. We used to have a great time together, laughing and enjoying delicious food. However, things changed when he passed away just before I started university. I found it difficult to show affection and communicate with others. To keep myself busy and meet new people, I started cooking. It helped me a lot, and most importantly, I remembered my dad’s words: ‘Be better every day, not better than anyone else, but improve yourself every day and support those who are by your side.’

After school, I got into catering and worked as an intern. Eventually, I became a sous chef and then a restaurant chef. I moved around quite a bit before starting my own business @Clandestino_FoodStudio. It hasn’t been a breeze, but I’ve learned a ton along the way. Nowadays, I’m an entrepreneur who teaches classes for women who run households, and I’m also a high school teacher. It’s been a tough road, but it’s a fantastic job because you experience the world outside four walls, contribute to culture science, and help pave the way for future generations.

Nowadays, I’m really into cooking recipes passed down from my grandparents or that have some historical significance. I think preserving and sharing our cultural heritage with younger generations is essential. It’s also cool that cooking allows me to explore different parts of the world and meet new people passionate about food and cooking.

What is your favorite street food?


Which restaurant or food stand do you recommend? (Different from yours) (Add its Instagram handle if possible)


What is your guilty pleasure?

Una buena empanada de pino

What ingredient do you find overrated?


What ingredient do you think is underrated?

La Trufa

What is your favorite kitchen tool?


What is your worst kitchen nightmare?

Las alergias alimentarias no informadas

Is there someone you would like to nominate for an interview? (Add Instagram handle)