Get to know me better
I take inspiration from all areas of life and transform it into a full-on culinary experience, infusing each bite with love and passion.
I did not choose a culinary career, I surrendered to it. After going through college and a very different career, I had an adventure that changed my life: working at Brandywine Restaurant in the BVI. I came back home and immediately decided to go to culinary school. I completed my studies, with honors, from Universidad Politécnica de Costa Rica. After graduating I worked as an Executive Chef in several restaurants, designing menus based on seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients. We are very lucky here in Costa Rica to be able to create an entire menu made from what is growing all around us! I have also studied the art of baking, with a specific focus on French pastries. I love to bake for my clients and have mastered this fine art within a very challenging (tropical) environment. Let me show you that it CAN be done, and it will be delicious!
For me, cooking is...
Life, love and destiny
I learned to cook at...
Everywhere and from everyone! In this business you never stop learning!
A role model in the kitchen is...
I am inspired and amazed by the pastries of Antonio Bachour, the creative genius of Chef Wuttisak, and the all-around awesomeness of Alton Brown.
A cooking secret...
Love and respect: For the produce, for the process, for the guest, for oneself.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Playa Flamingo.
A longer stay in Playa Flamingo? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Playa Flamingo.
Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Playa Flamingo.
Chef Dania's reviews
Dania was an absolute dream. Not only was every dish she made delicious and satisfying, but the variety she offered made every meal incredible! Dania was our chef for 4 days, both lunch and dinner, and we planned our days around her amazing food. We were 8 people, with one of us being vegan, and she had a lot of variety for us all!
She was also very friendly and knowledgable of both food and the local area (Costa Rica). Next time I'm in Costa Rica, I will be sure to book her in advance because I do not want to miss the change to have her be our cook again.
Marco Gomez - Aug 02 2021
Dania was unbelievable! She was incredible with our children and they loved having the opportunity to make tortillas alongside the chef. We feel so lucky to have met her and grateful for her amazing cooking!
Kristine M Rivera - Jun 17 2021
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