The Sandbar is excited to announce that we have acquired a new executive chef to lead the diverse talents we have with in our culinary team.
Chef Aaron Chavarria brings more than 18 years of international culinary experience to the Sandbar kitchen. By fusing the colorful spices and flavors from Florida, the Caribbean, Latin America and Mediterranean Cuisine, Chef Aaron brings a wealth of exciting and eclectic new flavors to our menus.
Born in Nicaragua, Chef Aaron studied agricultural technical engineering at Hams Beimler in Germany where he developed a keen knowledge of the science and chemistry of fruits and vegetables. He also gained a thorough understanding of the full farm-to-table cycle, which has led him to support local growers. Chef Aaron takes care to purchase and incorporate local seafood and produce whenever possible. Using his scientific background, he takes the production process, seasonal cycles and ingredient characteristics into consideration when combining just the right blend of flavors and textures. His specialty in exotic fruits and vegetables is apparent in all of his creations, which incorporate unexpected ingredients for distinct tastes exploding with flavor.
After training in Europe, Chef Aaron’s first stop in the U.S. was Key West, Fl., where he served as executive chef at the Crowne Plaza La Concha followed by a position as executive banquet chef at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa where he worked alongside the high-profile chef, Will Greenwood. Since then, Chef Aaron has co-opened restaurants in both Florida, California and Curacao, playing key roles in managing the culinary team and designing the kitchens. His varied culinary background and hands-on experience has helped his restaurants earn accolades from the likes of Zagat and Cooking Light magazine.
Even with a diverse culinary background and more than a decade of hands-on experience, he still attributes everything he knows about Latin/Spanish cuisine to his mother. In his spare time, he shares his knowledge and passion for food by teaching fruit carving workshops and participating in culinary events.
Chef Aaron is excited to be part of the Sandbar team and looks forward to bringing his experience and unique flavors to the guests! Ed Chiles states, “We are fortunate to have such an experienced chef on our team. His professionalism, knowledge and cuisine expertise brings a wide array of possibilities for interesting menu items.”
Ask to speak to Chef Aaron next time you are at the Sandbar. He is looking forward to meeting you!