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My mom is my idol; I’ve always been in love with her recipes.” At a young age, Royner Abarca, owner of The Private Chef and proud Costa Rican began a passionate relationship with gastronomy. Eight years ago, he perceived the great need in Costa Ballena for catering services for events and all kinds of celebrations, from weddings and birthdays to corporate events.

His first big opportunity to shine with his services was during a Reality Show in 2014. In the same year, he opened SIBU Restaurant in Uvita. After a year of successful management, Royner sold the restaurant to the current owners. Soon, again focused on catering, he received another call to open the Kakü restaurant, also in Uvita.

His growing company The Private Chef has a team of experienced chefs in all gastronomic specialties: chef Juan Pablo Acuña, meat specialist, chef Vera Nidia Abarca, a specialist in local dishes, trained pastry chef Lupe Abarca, bartender Manrique Leiva, professional services by Estiven Arias, most of them bilingual and others, as well as the rental of equipment and utensils, today they cover more than 80 residences, five to ten weddings a year, special events not only in the Costa Ballena area but also nationwide.


The team of chefs excels in dishes of Costa Rican cuisine, international, gourmet, vegan, kosher, and they also cover yoga retreats. “We prepare buffets, brunches, or three full meals a day, and we have attended national and international celebrities.”
In partnership with the best team of wedding planners, photographers, florists, and decorators, The Private Chef can design your event so that you can sit back and enjoy your party.

Our food’s secret is the passion we have for organic products of the area, all fresh from the day. If you wish, our chefs will accompany you to a Farmer’s Market to discover the unique flavors that the area has to offer. You can even participate in the preparation of a new dish that you find appealing.

“The most flattering recognition for us is the smile on our customer faces and knowing that you and your guests are satisfied with our creations,” adds Royner. Let us take care of all the preparations for your event so that you can enjoy it quietly, share, and interact with your guests!”

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