Chef Dhanesh de Kok

Born and raised on the Southern Caribbean island ” Curacao”, Dhanesh is no stranger to Island life and it’s challenges.

At the age of 17, he traded the beautiful colors of the Caribbean in for the fast moving lifestyle of The Netherlands. During the upcoming eight years he studied and worked in several renowned establishments as Restaurant-Hotel “de Beukenhof”, Woods and Restaurant Niven.

During this period he traveled through Europe to understand a little more about the original flavors of Italy, France, Spain and the Czech Republic. 

In 2013 a great new opportunity came around back home in Curacao that he couldn’t resist. A Junior Sous-Chef position in the Prestige Avila Beach Hotel. During the period of 3 years he grew into hotel Sous-Chef with 23 kitchen F.T.E working in three restaurants and banquet rooms. 

 “ My favorite projects during my period at the Avila Beach hotel was working on the restaurant re-branding after new ownership and of course cooking for the Royal house of The Netherlands.”

In 2016 he got the opportunity to become the opening chef of the brand new Courtyard by Marriott in Bonaire. During the upcoming 15 months he worked with his team (10 F.T.E) on brand training, conference and banqueting and kitchen financials.

At the beginning of 2018 it was time for something new. A project that’s been on his mind for years. Starting his own business called “Culivise” which specializes in Culinary support and Interim Chef.

After getting allot of requests to do catering, he decided to setup a small project called Catering Bonaire. This grew into a big part of the business which now host several private chef evenings per week.

Now a year later, Dhanesh is working daily with new idea’s, trends and technology to fine-tune the personal touch and experience to ensure that guests have a memorable Private Chef dinner during their stay on Bonaire.