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Lasalle College of the Arts | 2018

A grater and squeezer meant specifically for cassava/yuca, a vegetable found in the Amazon Rainforest and used extensively by Brazilian chef, Alex Atala. The grated vegetable collects in a sieve, the moisture of which can be pressed down by the grater into the container below. Ralador is meant for use in his Michelin Star restaurant, adapted for small quantities in a kitchen setting. 

Material: Plastic + Metal

Size: 3" x 3" x 4"



  • Product Design

  • Design Thinking

methods used

  • Secondary Research

  • Ideation

  • Prototyping


  • Rhinoceros 6

  • Keyshot

  • 3D Printing

  • Handsaw

  • Adobe Illustrator


Brazillian Michelin Star chef


project brief

  • To design a product for the selected chef or their restaurant out of four given chefs from the Netflix show "Chef's Table". 

  • To use empathy in order to design a product that portrays the chef's philosophy and identity through its rationale, design, detailing, and manipulation of the given material.

  • The basis of the research is to be anchored, but not limited to the chef's philosophy.

  • Material Constraints: 80% metal

research process

The process involved:

  • Watching the show to understand the chef's philosophies and uniqueness.​

  • Alex Atala uses produce found in Brazil, sticking to the authenticity of Brazilian food.

  • One such vegetable is cassava, which is grated, squeezed and dried to make a flour.

  • Research on existing cassava graters showed that graters for restaurants do not exist. 

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