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Quentin Villers

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Quentin Villers
Las Ventanas
Member Relais & Châteaux from 2015
Bajos del Toro
21203 Bajos del Toro
Costa Rica

HOTEL

El Silencio Lodge & Spa



RESTAURANT

Las Ventanas

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Story of a Chef

How did you become a Chef?

When I finished culinary college in Belgium, my brother opened a restaurant, he asked me to work with him. We worked together for the next nine years and won 1 Michelin star. After that, I decided to discover and travel the world.

How would you define your cuisine?

My cuisine is focused on local product. I love working with different textures, mixing different type of culinary techniques and creative cuisine. I love Asian style.

What are your favourite products and criteria for choosing?

One of my favorite products is the palm fruit (pejibaye), I love its texture and the taste. When I arrived in Costa Rica, it was the first new ingredient I was fascinated by.

What is your signature?

My signature is playing with textures. I love to work with one ingredient and variate it in different forms of flavors and textures. I also love working with desserts.

What professions surround you and what would you like to pass on to them?

Leading by example, I would like to pass to our team the core values of professionalism, to always pay attention to every detailed and reflect the love of what we create in our service and dishes. This is essential to make sure every guest has an unforgettable culinary experience.

Do you have a Chef’s tip for Sunday cooking?

Grill a whole eggplant until the skin is burned, then continue cooking in the oven. When the eggplant is soft, take the skin off and mix the inside of the eggplant with yogurt, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. This is what I call, eggplant caviar. I recommend spreading this mixture on toasted bread, top it off with feta cheese and voila! A perfect combination for a savory meal and a relaxed weekend brunch. 

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