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Chef Orlando - Cuminda na Cas

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

he Top Chef Aruba contestant of Cuminda na Cas Meal Delivery, cumindanacas.com, is Chef Orlando Escalona (40).

The Chef

Orlando was born in Maracaibo, which is located on the Venezuelan coast. He graduated Culinary School in Venezuela and learned the true meaning of Japanese cuisine from the many Japanese cooks working in the South American country. In 2012, he moved to Aruba where he has worked at various sushi establishments such as Sushi Ya, Tatami and Dragonfly. Just recently, during the COVID-19 outbreak, he took the helm at the sushi kitchen of the meal delivery service cumindanacas.com and is responsible for all the delicious sushi delivered right to your door.

Chef’s Philosophy

“Prepare and eat the food with care and dedication. Enjoy the natural flavors of the ingredients.”

The Dish

Sushi Boat

A boat full of crazy crab rolls, volcano rolls, salmon and tuna sashimi and a wakame salad: crab, seaweed salad, honey mustard, crispy salmon and eel sauce.

Price: Afl. 29,50 ($17 USD) Available: cumindanacas.com, & Que Pasa Restaurant (for the dine-in experience)

"This sushi boat is a variety of all my favorite flavors of the ocean. It features crab, tuna, salmon, and shrimp"

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

The Drinks

Beringer White Zinfandel Available: November 1-30 at Que Pasa & cumindanacas.com

The Asian flavors are highlighted by this off dry popular rose where the spicy flavors are balanced by the ripe red fruit flavors.

Price with the Chef's special: Afl. 8,75 ($5.00) mini bottle (delivery only) Afl. 25,00 ($14.50) per bottle (delivery only)

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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