Rooted firmly in authentic dishes and local ingredients, Santaella creates an elegant evolution of the flavours that showcase the vibrant energy of the island's cocina criolla. Previously his catering workshop, Chef Santaella has transformed this historic building into an architecturally acclaimed space. The menu sits firmly in the traditions of the island, sourcing ingredients from a farmer’s market only feet away. The flavours harness the tropical, rustic heritage while also showcasing the chef's international experience and capitalising on the finest cuisine trends.


Cookbook author, restaurant owner and caterer with more than 20 years of experience and a vast knowledge on both Puerto Rico’s gastronomy and international cuisine. From Puerto Rico, Miami, Barcelona, New York and San Francisco, Santaella has worked with globally acclaimed chefs such as Ferran Adria (El Bulli), Eric Ripert (Le Bernadin) and Gary Danko. He is also the author of best-selling cookbook “Cocina Tropical: The Classic and Contemporary Flavors of Puerto Rico” (Rizzoli, 2014), prologued by Eric Ripert.


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Since 2001, Jose Santaella has served as executive chef and owner of JSB Cooking Group, the premier catering company in Puerto Rico.

In January 2014, he partnered up with United Kingdom-based Compass Group through their Celebrity Chef Series. He is tasked with spreading awareness nationwide on Puerto Rican food and cuisine as a regional Culinary Ambassador for their North America market.