Chef Nando - Hadicurari

The Top Chef Aruba contestant of Hadicurari is Nando Meijer (36) who has been the chef of Hadicurari since June 2017.



The Chef


Nando was born in Dordrecht, which is in the mid-west of the Netherlands. His youth was spent in the successful Spanish restaurant of his uncle and aunt. Nando's choice for his education was not a surprise for the family: he wanted to go into the hospitality industry. After graduating, he worked in the Netherlands and Austria until the age of 24. Departing the European region, he flew to Curaçao and joined the team at Mambo Beach, then relocated to Surinam and worked at Royal Torarica. In 2016, he came to Aruba and once again repeated the process at Hadicurari starting as sous chef and took the helm in 2017.


Chef’s philosophy

“My favorite style of cuisine starts with the classic basics but used in innovative and daring combinations.”


The Dish


Slow-braised Short Ribs

Slow-braised short ribs served in its own sauce served with sweet potato mousseline, a smoked parsnip creme and porcini.


Price: US$ 26.00 p/p + 15% service charge Available only at: Hadicurari Restaurant


This dish is a must-try. The meat is incredibly tender!



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