Photography Randy Siles Chef Ambassador. Cook & Chef Institute

Randy Siles

Signature Chef

Chef Randy Siles graduated from Arcam San José University (Costa Rica). His first job was as Sous Chef at the Michelin 2-star Richard Neat restaurant. Two years later, Chef Siles ventured out on his own as a Head Chef at La Verbena Restaurant. After three years, he moved to Santa Teresa de Cóbano and the Trópico Latino Hotel, where he is employed...

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Chef Randy Siles graduated from Arcam San José University (Costa Rica). His first job was as Sous Chef at the Michelin 2-star Richard Neat restaurant. Two years later, Chef Siles ventured out on his own as a Head Chef at La Verbena Restaurant. After three years, he moved to Santa Teresa de Cóbano and the Trópico Latino Hotel, where he is employed as the Head Chef to this day.

Chef Siles' career path has diverged, having been named the first international ambassador for Costa Rican gastronomy by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute, under the principles of Sustainable Healthy Gastronomy. This has led to his presence at some of the key gastronomy tourist industry fairs, including the New York Times Travel Show, SOBE Miami Food and Wine, Montreal Travel Show, Madrid, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Galicia, and Mexico, among others. He also does research, as well as working in Michelin starred restaurants in Japan, Italy and France. This latter came at the behest of the prestigious Petit Fute guide and it was to France he was invited by Petit Fute in April 2018 to participate in the launch of the guide in the Var region, in Provence. It provides a notable boost to tourism in the Var, as it is linked with the advert for the "Formula One" circuit, an event that will be held in the renowned Du Castellet Hotel & Spa. There, Siles will participate in a team of 4 chefs, amongst which is a 3 star Chef. Costa Rican gastronomy will reach heretofore unimagined heights as a result.

Additionally, he founded the "Artesanos de la Gastronomía Academy", an association that assists youngsters at risk in the tourist areas of Costa Rica.

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