CARIBBEAN CHEF HELMI SMEULDERS
You often hear stories about people who leave their day jobs to pursue their dreams. Caribbean chef Helmi Smeulders did just that! Twenty years after she decided to venture into the culinary world, Helmi, 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 cooking classes, chef’s tables, dinners in the field and other culinary events Helmi finds time to travel the world; exploring the foods, cooking techniques and the latest trends. The love of travel is the thread running through Helmi’s story. It is what brought her to Curaçao, 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 belief in the quality of fresh and locally grown produce, the Caribbean kitchen is evolving from comfort to culinary, from traditional to modern.