Hacienda Altagracia Appoints Ramces Castillo As Executive Chef
Mar 22, 2017
New Chef Celebrates Regional Flavors with Dishes Sourced from On-site Farm
SAN ISIDRO, COSTA RICA (March 22, 2017) – Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection’s first Central American property located in Costa Rica’s lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón, announces the appointment of Ramces Castillo as Executive Chef. In his new role Castillo will lead the culinary program for all of the resort’s dining outlets including its signature restaurant, Ambar. Pairing classical cooking techniques with the flavors of Latin America, Chef’s new menu will celebrate the bounty of the region and will be sourced from the resort’s on-site 20-acre sustainably managed farm. Making for an unforgettable Costa Rica dining experience!
“We are excited to welcome Chef Castillo to lead our culinary team,” said JP Alfonso, general manager of Hacienda AltaGracia. “His professional experience, understanding of flavors and inspired approach to fresh, locally-sourced cuisine will truly embrace our destination-focused culinary program.”
Chef Castillo will bring a distinct global perspective and command of Latin flavor profiles to Hacienda AltaGracia, building upon a culinary trajectory of more than 10 years that has included top positions in St. Lucia, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Chef’s remarkable dishes, using local ingredients and plated in an artistic manner, are a result of his skillful precision of Japanese knife skills and appreciations of the elegance and finesse of classic French cuisine.
Cultivating the best ingredients for the kitchen from the on-site organic farm, Chef Castillo invites guests to dig in and accompany him in the selection of fresh produce each morning for the days’ dishes at Hacienda AltaGracia’s organic farm, La Huerta. For lunch, guests can experience the harvesting of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs immediately before they are prepared and served at an al fresco barbeque right onsite at the farm.
Chef Castillo’s menus at the resort will be ever-changing and always reflective of the seasons. They will feature selections that incorporate the region’s best local produce and fresh ingredients with signature dishes such as Pan Seared Local White Trout with creamy watercress, wild berries, tapioca and lavender foam.
Chef Castillo lives in Pérez Zeledón with his wife and three daughters.
About Hacienda AltaGracia
Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection’s first Central American property, is set amidst the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón in the southern region of Costa Rica. Originally conceived and developed as a family retreat and coffee farm, the luxury resort features 50 hacienda-style casitas including expansive patios and terraces offering sweeping views of the San Isidro Valley; stunning window walls that bring the surrounding nature indoors; rustic-elegant décor rooted in rich leathers, woods and handcrafted Costa Rican artwork. The property offers overnight accommodations, spa and wellness facilities, a panoramic pool, indoor/outdoor dining venues and an equestrian program featuring breed horses for all skill levels. In keeping with the rich heritage of Costa Rica, Hacienda AltaGracia offers a dynamic roster of activities connecting guests with nature and each other with programs ranging from coffee plantation and wildlife refuge excursions to a signature fitness journey and ultralight flight tours showcasing the Nauyaca waterfalls, ocean and valleys from the resort’s own private landing strip. For more information about Hacienda AltaGracia, please visit