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Santa Teresa Chef Shows Off Costa Rican Cuisine to the World

Innovative, healthy and sustainable, Santa Teresa chef Randy Siles shows off the new style of Costa Rican cuisine to the world.

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Chef Randy Siles creates delicious, innovative Costa Rican cuisine at Hotel Tropico Latino on the beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

It started as a dream, as many things do.

Chef Randy Siles dreamed of living on the coast in Costa Rica and creating innovative Costa Rican cuisine that emphasizes freshness and sustainability.

Fifteen years ago he came to the beach town of Santa Teresa, felt he needed to stay, and has been living his dream ever since.

The international award-winning Costa Rican chef is based at Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. The hotel is the flagship for Costa Rica’s National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy, for which Siles is the country’s ambassador. Siles travels around the world representing Costa Rican cuisine at international travel shows like the New York Times Travel Show in January 2017 and­ the Food and Wine Festival in Miami in February 2017.

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Chef Randy Siles represents Costa Rica as the Ambassador for the National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy at a travel show in USA earlier this year.

In one of the Blue Zones of the world where people live longer, healthier and happier lives, Siles focuses on sustainability in his menu for the hotel’s Shambala Restaurant by using native produce and products and buying locally as much as possible, especially organic. He mixes new and traditional techniques in a unique fusion style called “Author’s Cuisine”.

“We have the freshest products here in Costa Rica – fish from two oceans and thousands of rivers, fresh vegetables and fruits, and fresh meats farmed locally. Our climate allows us to grow anything and everything,” explains Siles.

Equally important, Siles is dedicated to the Santa Teresa beachfront restaurant’s team of 13 with 8 waiters and 5 in the kitchen. Most are local residents, ensuring sustainable employment in the small community.

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Sustainable in cuisine and staffing, Hotel Tropico Latino is the flagship for Costa Rica’s National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy.

Hotel Tropico Latino's restaurant offers beachfront dining in Santa Teresa, serving a unique mix of high quality local fish, meats, and vegetarian dishes. Siles tailors his menu toward the active, healthy lifestyle that Hotel Tropico Latino promotes with its yoga classessurf retreats, and natural spa. The restaurant is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Now in September and October, Hotel Tropico Latino is offering big savings of 30% off room rates. It’s the perfect opportunity for a much-needed vacation in Costa Rica or a quick getaway. Costa Rica beach vacations in green season are the best … fewer crowds, great deals, and still plenty of sunshine.

Article by Shannon Farley