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Diego studied at the prestigious Culinary School in Chile, C.I.E.S. – Inacap, and has complemented his culinary knowledge in several trips to Ecuador and the United States. After traveling to Costa Rica for an internship, Diego decided to stay in the country.
His passion for Japanese food brought Diego many opportunities. He opened one of the best Japanese restaurants in San José, Costa Rica; and after some years he challenged himself to move to the Hospitality Business and to Guanacaste opening a new Sushi restaurant for Four Seasons Costa Rica in 2005. After 8 valuable years with Four Seasons, Diego was sought after to lead the opening of a small boutique hotel, El Mangroove. Secrets Papagayo was the second hotel opening for Diego, allowing him to venture into the field of “all-inclusive” resorts adding his creative and quality touch to this type of service. At the end of 2016, Andaz Costa Rica contact Diego and offered him the Head Chef position to lead their culinary department.
As one of the best hotels in the Guanacaste region, Andaz will continue to provide Diego with new challenges that will help him continue to grow professionally.
Luis Carlos Herrera
For many years, Luis excelled in San José’s local cafés, such as Crecos and Kaldi, where he received certifications to professionalize his technique as a coffee specialist, while pursuing his university studies at the same time.
Luis has a vast knowledge on the various ways in which you can extract coffee to enjoy it, both hot and cold. He is also an expert on the equipment used to prepare the many coffee varieties and presentations, which include the combination of cloth filter and aeropress, the chemex (a German method for coffee extraction with filter paper), as well as the French press.