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Adan Abrahanowic – The Argentinian Barbecuer

It’s always a busy night at Sydney’s famous Argentinian restaurant, Porteño, and the man behind all the action is Adan Abrahanowic. Barbecuing full lamb and suckling pig carcasses on the traditional asado (fire pit), Adan uses his expertise learnt from his South American upbringing to feed the hungry crowds of Surry Hills. Adan is 64 and began cooking with the asado and the parrilla (barbecue) as soon as he was old enough to feel confident with the open flames. “I always loved gauchos (cowboys) with the fires, the horses, everything like that and I think that was part of why I wanted to learn about cooking this way,” he says. He cooked in this style across restaurants in Argentina and Sydney, where he moved to in 1974. He gave up barbecuing for some time, saving his skills only for special occasions with family and friends and pursued his other skilled craft of glass cutting.”My original job was cutting crystal and I really miss doing it,” Adan explains. “When I used to cut glass and crystal when I …