Five minutes with Rachelle Hruska MacPherson

The powerhouse CEO talks art, attitude and amazing restaurants

Written by Clara Strunck November 3, 2021

It would be easy to be intimidated by Rachelle Hruska MacPherson: co-founder and CEO of and Lingua Franca, she’s been named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company, and made the New York Post’s list of 13 women under 30 to watch. Amazingly, this powerhouse business woman manages to stay entirely down to earth, keeping her fridge stocked with Sancerre and favouring takeaway sushi over elaborate dinners. We sit down with her to get the gossip on how she starts her day, her most memorable meal and what she’d like to achieve in the next decade.

What’s the most used object in your kitchen?

Our coffee press.

Is there one cookbook you think everyone should own?

La Huella – Stories and Recipes from the Beach Restaurant, which is one of my favourite restaurants in the world.

What could we always find in your fridge?


Tell us about your most memorable meal…

My first ‘drink’ with my husband Sean, which would turn into a dinner, which would turn into a life.

What is no celebration complete without?

Something spilling!

What are you making for dinner tonight?

Takeaway sushi.

I do what I do because…

I am obsessed.

My most valued quality in others is…


When I sit down at my desk, the first thing I do is…

Figure out what playlist to listen to.

What’s the one thing you’ll never order?

Veal, steak tartare and Pepsi.

If you could invite anyone to a dinner party, who would you ask and why?

Right now I’m super into Sheila Hicks, the artist. I’d love to have dinner with her in Paris!

When you’re invited to dinner, what do you always take?

A good attitude.

What would your perfect Sette-Up include?

I’d use the Bon Appétit linens to recreate a chic, understated French country dinner, and mix in some of our handmade paper flowers in The Sette’s gorgeous striped vases. Then, I’d lay out a platter of some kind of protein on this guy, and serve some wine in these unexpected glasses. To set the mood, I’d light my favourite vintage candelabras with these candles.

Ready, Sette, Go: Our Quickfire Questions

Jet-sette… what’s your favourite holiday spot?

José Ignacio.

Sunrise or sunsette… what’s your favourite time of day?


Heart sette on… what’s on your wishlist?

A Sheila Hicks work of art.

Sette your mind to… what’s something you’d like to achieve in the next ten years?

Staying healthy – in mind, body and spirit.