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Chef Bryan - Café the Plaza

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

The Top Chef Aruba contestant of Café the Plaza is Bryan Bottse (50) who has been the chef of Café the Plaza since 2019.

The Chef

Chef Bryan was born in Paramaribo, the capital of Surinam. He received his culinary education in Miami, Florida and worked for Carnival Cruise Lines, several hotels and stand-alone restaurants before coming to Aruba in 2014. Since his arrival, he has worked for some notable restaurants such as Sidebar Bistro & West Deck until landing a position as chef at Café the Plaza (in Renaissance Marketplace) for the last year and a half.

Chef’s Philosophy

“My culinary creations are always flavor oriented. I am always trying to incorporate distinguished flavors of multiple cultures into a dish.”

The Dish

Flavors of the Guianas

Pan-fried, herb-crusted wahoo on baked root vegetable with ‘pitjil’ and coconut choka, served with a 'flavor of the Guianas' sauce: roasted peppers, shrimp concassé, tamarind extract and mango coulis.

Price: Afl. 29,50 ($17 USD) Available only at: Café the Plaza

“I have lived in two of the three Guianas and the flavors I experienced from childhood on, are the inspiration for this multi-cultural dish which has roots in all three nations.”

Vote for Chef Bryan and have a chance to win a private VIP dinner for 4 people along with Chef Bryan himself! This dinner is valued at $1,000 (a private, dedicated 4-course dinner including a wine pairing).

The Drinks

Beringer Chardonnay Available: November 1-30 at Café the Plaza

A classic combination where the rich flavors of the dish are paired with a rich and complex wine.

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, sauvignon blanc, merlot, white zinfandel 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.

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