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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.
Dania's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Dania's reviews
Chef Dania is the absolute best!! She brought so much love with each of the dishes that made the whole dinner very special. She is so so wonderful and we can’t recommend her enough!! Thank you chef Dania for putting so much love and thoughtfulness into your very delicious food!! You really made our trip :)
Asad Aboud - Nov 19 2022
Chef Dania was absolutely incredible. I could not have chosen a better Chef. She was punctual, engaging, attentive and an absolute delight to be around. I loved her excitement about her cooking and the joy and love she put into her dishes. The presentation was phenomenal and the flavors were exceptional.. I wish I could bring her to the states to cook for us all of time. She is absolutely the best.
Audrey Lackie - Nov 03 2022
Chef Dania absolutely blew our minds with every dish. Will be my first choice when returning to the region.
Stefan Sears - Oct 19 2022
Dania was an incredible addition to our trip to Costa Rica. I appreciated her upfront communication, attentiveness to last minute shifts due to changes in our schedule and preferences (we love spice!), her ability to explain what she was cooking, when and how, the fresh ingredients she used and the beautiful displays.
My two year old loved watching her prep and all of our foodie adults loved asking relevant (and not so relevant!) food questions.
As a bonus, Dania was able to help us navigate local recommendations for many things. Our group came from many parts of the US and we've each invited Dania to visit our homes if she is in the area because we loved her!
Natasha Gibbons - Oct 04 2022
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