Aaron Chavarria, Executive Chef
Chef Aaron Chavarria brings more than 15 years of international culinary experience to the kitchen at Casa Monica. By fusing the colorful spices and flavors from Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America,
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, Chef Aaron 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, Fla., 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 and California, playing key roles in managing the culinary team and designing the kitchens. His diverse 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, Chef Aaron still attributes everything he knows about Latin cuisine to his mother. In his spare time, Chef Aaron shares his knowledge and passion for food by teaching fruit carving workshops and participating in culinary events.