The Top Chef Aruba contestant of Salt & Pepper Tapas Bar & Restaurant is Chef Pedro Ferrandiz (40).
You won’t believe this: the chef at Salt & Pepper Restaurant in the Arawak Garden across from the Barceló Resort is a lawyer. Pedro Ferrandiz (40) studied in Lima, Peru, but moved to Aruba before establishing his practice there. And that is not all: he studied Hospitality at the University of Aruba, stopping short just before his thesis. But then his life took a weird turn and he found out that he loved working in a kitchen. “At Salt & Pepper I enjoy the freedom to create the best possible flavors, the most terrific combinations and fabulous dishes,’’ Pedro says.
“Memories will surface with the food you eat, so treat yourself and enjoy.”
Slow braised (50 hours) short ribs, extremely tender, in a reduction of miso merlot; accompanied by pommes fondant and sweet potato flowers. Served with a romesco sauce, huancaina dots and a zucchini garnish. If you see corn on the plate, we are cheating your eye... it is a corn trampantojo.
Price: Afl. 29,50 ($17 USD) Available only at: Salt & Pepper Restaurant
“This meat is so tender, it slides of the bone. I just love how the taste of these ribs comes alive after slow cooking.”
Vote for Chef Pedro and have a chance to win a private VIP dinner for 4 people along with Chef Pedro himself! This dinner is valued at $1,000 (a private, dedicated 4-course dinner including a wine pairing).
Beringer Merlot Available: November 1-30 at Salt & Pepper
A very daring paring due to the spices in this dish, but the ìbrings this plate to a whole other level.
Price with the Chef's special: Afl. 8,75 ($5.00) per glass
Main & Vine
Beringer is California's oldest continually operating winery. The wines choices for this competition are moscato, chardonnay, white zinfandel, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
Balashi & Chill Beer Balashi or Chill (bottle) with the Chef's Special:
Afl. 5,00 ($3.00) per bottle
Balashi Brewery Founded in 1998, 'Brouwerij Nacional Balashi' in Aruba is a full-scale production brewery, one of the most modern breweries in the Caribbean. For years the brewery only produced its flagship brand named after this area and the brewery, Balashi.