Carlos Kristensen’s love for gastronomy began when he was a child, but it was a life change that transformed his passion into a profession. In the 1990s he moved to Australia, where he developed his culinary skills. Next, he delved into the unknown ingredients and underexplored ingredients of countries like Malaysia, India, Nepal and Thailand. This marked the beginning of the decisive influence of oriental flavors in the creations of this Rio Grande do Sul native. In late 2000 he returned to Brazil and opened his first restaurant, Japanese-influenced Hashi, in the state of Santa Catarina.  The restaurant’s history in Porto Alegre began in 2005, with a more evolved concept: the Asian menu blends with French and Brazilian techniques and flavors.

An ingredient aficionado, Kristensen combines modern and traditional techniques, flavoring classic cuisine with popular wisdom and sprinkling a little soul over technical knowledge.

The result is an appreciation of local produce in line with international expertise. The chef has devoted special attention to research and working with small artisanal farmers in Rio Grande do Sul state, reviving historic significance and valuing the cultural gastronomic roots of the gaucho people (as natives of the state are known).    

Kristensen was voted Inspirational Chef (2008) and Chef of the Year (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015) by Veja Porto Alegre magazine.

Hashi is the result of a life dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure and seasoned with knowledge, and Carlos Kristensen has accumulated countless discoveries across the globe, transforming his outlook and choices into unique, renowned and award-winning cuisine.