Internationally recognized culinary giant Stefan Goehcke has joined two of the Caribbean’s storied hotels as their new Executive Chef.
Goehcke has worked in Michelin star restaurants and a host of high end eateries in the culinary capitals of the world but he was drawn to St. Lucia and the twin resorts Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain partly because of their commitment to organic food and to their use of local produce.
“I am thrilled to be working closely with the rest of the team and to delight our guests with memorable dining experiences. To be able to receive fresh produce from our organic farm is a great plus,” Goehcke announced.
“The resorts were among the first in the Caribbean to develop a farm-to-table program and to this date, the resorts’ organic farm Emerald’s together with farmers of the region deliver fresh produce daily,” confirmed Karolin Troubetzkoy, executive director of marketing and operations of the celebrated properties.
Sweetening the deal in terms of recruiting Goehcke was the fact that the resorts are the only tree-to-bar chocolate maker on St. Lucia. “With more than 1,500 cacao trees on our estate and farm, the making of chocolate and the opening of a chocolate laboratory was a natural development.”
As Executive Chef, Goehcke will be supported by the resorts’ Chefs de Cuisine Frank Faucher and Elijah Jules, with strategic guidance from the resorts’ consulting chef, James Beard Award winner Allen Susser who is the creator of the overall culinary philosophy.
German-born Goehcke has more than a decade of work experience in lauded restaurants, cruise ships and luxury resorts from Europe to Vietnam and the Maldives. “I look forward to applying my culinary expertise to create an exciting fusion of innovative international cuisine with the exquisite tropical flavors of St. Lucia.”
He has much to work with as the twin resorts are hailed for the wide variety of culinary experiences they offer, ranging from innovative modern Caribbean cuisine to traditional Creole, vegetarian and East Indian-Caribbean fusion.
“We know that Stefan will immerse himself in the paradise that is St. Lucia and we welcome his flair and creativity to our resorts,” declared Troubetzkoy.
Guests at both Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain can visit the resorts’ organic farm and the chocolate laboratory. Cooking and chocolate truffle making classes as well as chocolate sensory tastings are all offered. Emerald’s caters to the three restaurants at Anse Chastanet as well as the Jade Mountain Club.