Rooted firmly in authentic dishes and local ingredients, Santaella creates an elegant evolution of the flavours that showcase the vibrant energy of the island’s cocina criolla. Previously his catering workshop, Chef Santaella has transformed this historic building into an architecturally acclaimed space. The menu sits firmly in the traditions of the island, sourcing ingredients from a farmerâ€™s market only feet away. The flavours harness the tropical, rustic heritage while also showcasing the chef’s international experience and capitalising on the finest cuisine trends.
Wholly representative of a modern Puerto Rico, the foodâ€™s firm foundation is on the island yet with a well-travelled explorerâ€™s influence. Tying together comida criolla and local ingredients with a contemporary, elegant touch. Chef Santaella passionately commits to the authentic flavours of Puerto Rico – lively, vivacious, hearty and fresh.
Cookbook author, restaurant owner and caterer with more than 20 years of experience and a vast knowledge on both Puerto Ricoâ€™s gastronomy and international cuisine. From Puerto Rico, Miami, Barcelona, New York and San Francisco, Santaella has worked with globally acclaimed chefs such as Ferran Adria (El Bulli), Eric Ripert (Le Bernadin) and Gary Danko.