Chef Arthuro Paniagua
Personal Chef In La Fortuna
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Im a Personal Chef making foodie dreams come true under the Arenal Volcano!
I'm Chef Arthuro Paniagua. Originally from the Sarapiqui region of Costa Rica. I have lived in La Fortuna for the last 15 years. I'm the dad of four amazing kids, a partner to Jillian, and a fourth-generation self-taught Chef. (and an ok soccer goalie, LOL!)
I have been around food all my life; My great-grandma, grandma, and mom all spent their careers in the kitchen. When I was little, we lived in the soda my parents owned. When I was a young teenager, my family spent some time in Turrialba working with an Argentinian company providing food services. Fridays were family time, and the Argentinian owner took a particular liking to me and spent time teaching me Asado-style bbq. After graduating high school, my first job was in a large commercial kitchen at an ICE hydro-electrical project (National power co.). 2011 I moved to La Fortuna to start my culinary journey. My first job was at Baldi Hot Springs as a bartender. I then moved on to serving and managing at Lava Lounge before finally opening my first restaurant.
After four years at my first restaurant, it was time to move on to a new project. In 2015 Jillian and I opened Casa Paniagua. Casa Paniagua started as a 60 seat restaurant in the small town of Nuevo Arenal, about an hour west of La Fortuna. It was the perfect place to grow and develop my style. After three and a half years, we decided to move back to La Fortuna, where we already owned land, and I could expand my culinary resume.
In 2018 I started working with travel agencies to bring together the best naturalist guides La Fortuna offers paired with unique dining experiences. A dream come true! I enjoy not only cooking but also getting to show people my beautiful country in a unique way. Every day is different, and no two experiences are the same.
In 2020, While the borders were closed and guests were restricted from visiting, the pandemic forced us to change course. We expanded into Personal Chef services. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served on our private patio at our house or on location at vacation rentals and other exclusive locations .
2021 has been a whirlwind of excitement and growth. Our private dining room is slated to open Christmas 2022. We have the most amazing partners that allow my team and I the creative freedom to developed fantastic unique adventure/dining experiences and personal chef services to share with the world.
I can't wait to meet you here in my paradise!
Chef Arthuro Paniagua
More about me
For me, cooking is...
One of the ways I express LOVE.
I learned to cook at...
Forth generation! My great Grandma, my Grandma and my Mom = my inspiration.
A role model in the kitchen is...
My Grandma Maruja. She is always in the kitchen. She's known for the best tamales in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. Now she is helping me in my kitchen!
A cooking secret...
Gotta listen to music.
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