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Chef Javier - Tango Argentine Grill

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

The Top Chef Aruba contestant of Tango Argentine Grill is Javier Troconis Toyo (46) who has been the chef of Tango at Grill Master Julian Moronta's side for many years.

The Chef

Javier was born in Estado Zulia, not far from Maracaibo in Venezuela. He received his education at the culinary school of Maracaibo and started working in hotel and restaurant kitchens. In 2007 Javier decided to relocate and settled in Aruba where he worked in the kitchens of Hadicurari and Salt & Pepper, before Tango Argentine Grill. Together with Grill Master Julian Moronta he runs a tight kitchen, delivering a daily top performance.

Chef’s philosophy

“Love and attention for cooking is the key. And always keep learning, that's how you stay on top of your game.”

The Dish

Tango Suprema

A 4oz filet mignon & cordon bleu – chicken breast stuffed with gouda cheese and spinach – served on a mustard-rosemary sauce, potato gratin and vegetables. The chicken is first carefully prepared in the oven and then finished on the grill next to filet mignon.

Price: Afl. 29,50 ($17) + 15% service charge Available: Tango Argentine Grill

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a classic and together with the tenderloin, the special sauce and the sides, it becomes a Tango-signature.

Vote for Chef Javier and have a change to win a private VIP dinner for 4 people with Chef Javier, valued $1,000 (a private and dedicated 4-course dinner for 4 people including wine pairing).

The Drinks

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Available: November 1-30 at Tango Argentine Grill

The grilled charred aromas are complemented by the oak nuances in the wine, very rich and satisfying experience.

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.

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