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Chef Michael - Surfside Beach Bar

The Top Chef Aruba contestant of Surfside Beach Bar is Michael Eman (36) who has been the chef of Surfside since the beginning of 2021.

The Chef

Michael was born and raised in Aruba and went to culinary college in the Netherlands in 2009. Upon returning to Aruba years later, he worked at Casa Tua and Hostaria da Vittorio, before becoming the chef at the popular beach bar.

As Chef puts it...

“I just love to use authentic Italian methods and standards. But always with my own flair and touch… let’s call it 'a-la-Michael'.”

The Dish

Dorado do Oro

Fresh local mahi-mahi in lemon garlic butter, served with cauliflower mashed potatoes and grilled green asparagus.

Price: US$ 26.00 p/p Available: Surfside Beach Bar

“The fact that we are a beach bar, made my choice for fresh fish easy. The mahi-mahi is a fantastic fish because of its texture and is pleasing the eye as well. The color palette of ingredients provides a wonderful presentation.”

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


Oct 14, 2021

Awesome Chef! Amazing dishes! Wonderful tastes! Thank you Chef Michael!


Oct 13, 2021

This guy is a very extremely good Chef. Finger looking good.

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