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Chef Lerjan - Café the Plaza

The Top Chef Aruba contestant of Café the Plaza is Lerjan Caceres (31) who has been the chef of Café the Plaza since this year.

The Chef

Chef Lerjan was born and raised in San Cristobal, the capital city of the Venezuelan state of Táchira. He received his culinary training at restaurants in South Carolina, USA. In 2016 he decided to come to Aruba and worked for restaurants like Texas de Brazil, Juanchis Burgers, before joining Café the Plaza in 2017. He started as a cook, worked his way up to sous-chef and since this year has been promoted to chef.

Chef’s Philosophy

“Traditional food and cooking (culinary style) with authentic combinations of plates in new school style cooking.”

The Dish

A Local Touch

A crispy pan-fried skinned snapper fillet, served with cheesy broccoli mashed potatoes, accompanied by a mango-tomato salsa, lobster cream sauce and homemade beet ‘baba ghanoush’.

Price: US$ 26.00 p/p Available only at: Café the Plaza

“I always try to combine all my experiences in my cooking. So, you will taste the rich style of my home-country's cuisine, as well as influences from South Carolina and of course our beautiful island, Aruba.”

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


The Wine Pairing

Josh Cellar - Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is a great balance of bright citrus and honey with a touch of oak character and hints of juicy peach. Crafted with care so that no single flavor overpowers another, this wine is simply delicious.


US$ 8.00 per glass

US$ 36.00 per bottle


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