You often hear stories about people who leave their day jobs to pursue their dreams. Chef Helmi Smeulders did just that! Fifteen years after she decided to venture into the culinary world, Helmi Smeulders, a lawyer by trade and a chef by choice, is re-inventing the unique flavors of the Caribbean. Her style, creativity, imagination and continuous innovation have brought to life the modern Caribbean cuisine.
Between events Helmi finds time to travel the world; exploring the foods, cooking techniques and latest trends. The love of travel is the thread running through Helmi’s story. It is what brought her to Curacao, and it is what keeps her exploring the region; from Colombia to Trinidad and the Dominican Republic to Bonaire.
Helmi leads a culinary revolution by breaking down and applying new techniques to centuries-old recipes. Combined with her fierce believe in the quality of fresh and locally grown produce, the Caribbean kitchen is evolving from comfort to culinary, from traditional to modern.