Recently I had the chance to sit down with Capella Marigot Bay’s Executive Chef, Victor Garrido. Get all the mouthwatering details from our chat below!
Hello Chef Victor and welcome to Capella Marigot Bay! Tell me and the Capella Blog readers a bit about yourself.
Hello! I am Victor Garrido, I began cooking at a young age. As a kid growing up in Mexico, I would always be in the kitchen with my mother, grandmother and aunts, while my brothers and cousins played football outside.
My love for food, cooking and eating has allowed me to travel throughout Mexico and the world giving me the chance to enrich my repertoire. I am so excited about this current opportunity to place these culinary and cultural experiences together on one plate for our guests here at Capella Marigot Bay.
Describe your attitude towards food and your personal cooking style.
My attitude towards food is all about respect. I have as much respect for a single bay leaf as for a giant spiny lobster. This attitude helps me to understand each and every ingredient and its characteristics to get the best of them and create the proper balance and match for palate, nose and eyes.
But that doesn’t mean I take food too seriously! In fact I would describe my style as fun, adventurous and full of flavor.
What are your impressions of St. Lucia?
St. Lucia is the best! It is full of magic and wonder. The environment and nature is rich and beautiful and the people posses a genuine warmth. I have no doubt that this island will be a top vacation destination in the Caribbean in the very near future.
What do you think of the local food?
It is rich in both history and flavor. You can taste the French- British influence combined with Indian spices and enhanced by organic local herbs in every bite. Imagine these flavors joining with luscious chunks of Caribbean Kingfish and ground treasures…all in the same coal pot.
It just makes it amazing and full of potential seasonal variations.
Can you share some of your ideas for the different food outlets at Capella Marigot Bay?
Certainly! As part of our plans, we have the construction and development for two new outlets and a Pool Bar, featuring fresh and healthy seafood options in our menu, such as Tiraditos, Lobster Rolls, Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad etc.…
Our main restaurant will offer a relaxing atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking our gorgeous Marina. For those looking for a more secluded affair, a private dining room will also be available.
The Hurricane Hole, located Jetty side, will serve lunch and dinner under a casual relaxed ambiance. I can’t wait to bring some smoky charcoal and barbequed meat aromas to the setting!
All of our dishes will possess true “Caribbean Soul,” as we are working with local farmers and purveyors to provide the most authentic and fresh ingredients. I can’t wait for our guests to taste it all for themself!