Desiree's In House Chef Services

5 star(s) from 16 votes
Manuel Antonio, Quepos and surrounding areas, Hours Flexible, PUNTARENAS PROVINCE, ,Costa Rica
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Chef Desiree Brassert is gaining recognition for her creative Asian-American infusions found throughout her meals. Whether it is with subtle hints of ginger or blazing and colorful peppers, her dishes simply work their magic. She has been cooking in the area for the past 15 years and has brought unique signature dishes to many joyful events, weddings and family vacations. 

She originated from France where her love for food began but her Vietnamese mother taught her how to use exotic raw materials and how to be creative. After moving to Costa Rica in 1991, she is always thrilled to use the local cornucopia of colors and flavors. And her upbeat personality will make any event an unforgettable experience.

Her menu selection far exceeds what she has put on paper. Don’t be afraid to ask about Gluten Free or Vegetarian menu choices.

Ask Chef Desiree about her special “ethnic-themed” dinner options!

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Jaimie Crump
Jaimie Crump03-30-2017 08:13PM
The Total Package!!!

We booked Chef Desiree two nights during our 6 night stay in Manuel Antonio. She was absolutely incredible! Not only were her culinary creations mouth watering, but she is such a fun person to be around! She is ingenious with her recipes and full of wonderful information about her beautiful country.
We had her lobster & shrimp, twice backed potatoes, stuffed chicken, steak, deviled eggs and many different veggies. Her desserts are fabulous! We loved the bananas foster and her fresh apple pie and ice cream. She made my parent's 70th birthdays very special.
When our villa's water was shut off, Desiree immediately called in for extra water and never panicked.
We had such a great time talking to her while she cooked - she is so engaging and just a sweet person all around. My mom and I would love to just hang out with her one night with a glass of wine and pick her brain.
I would recommend her services to anyone and will be jealous that you are enjoying her food and company!

RoseMarie04-25-2016 07:33PM
Loved our Dinner

We had an amazing dinner with plenty of left overs. We enjoyed everything thing she made. From the fish to the appetizers to the desserts. We are still talking about it. A must do at least once during your vacation.

Phil11-21-2015 09:54PM
A must do

Her food is amazing and she is wonderful!

Paul Castillo
Paul Castillo07-22-2015 03:08PM
Desiree was the highlgiht of our trip!!

We just returned from an incredible trip to Costa Rica and thanks to amazing planning by my Mother in Law I have to say the house, the excursions and the travel plans were flawless. Despite all of that I'm sure that all of us would agree that her arranging to have Desiree handle the majority of our meals was pure genius. Every breakfast and dinner was amazing. From the taco bar buffet, to Italian Night, Chinese night and Surf & Turf. Desiree and her assistants surpassed all of our expectations. She showed up early to create all or our meals from scratch and suprised us all with appetizers such as ceviche with warm plantain chips. All meals were served right on time with plenty of food for our group of 14. She flawlessly met the tastes of everyone from 9 years old on up. She even made special dishes for my brother in law who doesn't like onions. Everybody loved visiting with her and she even helped call us a taxi and arrange for dinner at a restaurant for our one night out. The breaksfasts were equally good and always ready in time to get us on our way to various day trips. Her staff handled all the cleanup and even packaged up all leftovers and put them in the frig. This made for greatly reduced trips to the store while always ensuring there was something good to snack on in the house. Her services were a bargain and I wouldn't plan another trip to the region if I wasn't sure that Desiree was available first.