Sebastian LA ROCCA

Sebastian La Rocca: one of the top 50 most influential Latin American chefs of the world



  • Several accolades (Rosettes, Michelin guide)
  • TV Host in Costa Rica
  • Latin America’s diversity of flavors
  • Best Restaurant in Costa Rica by OpenTable

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Sebastian La Rocca is an Argentinian born world-renowned Chef with Italian roots and a nomadic heart.

At the very young age of 5 years, Sebastian’s curiosity led him to spend many hours in the kitchen at the hands of his beloved grandmother, who he thanks for having lit the flame of his passion for cooking.

On top, he dedicates himself to consulting and guiding restaurants and hotels on an International level (Argentinea Gardiner – Happening | Costa Rica Lile de France, Bacchus, Bulali, Saul Bistro, Z Gastro Bar, El Mangroove | Miami Cvltvra Restaurants named between the 20 most anticipated openings around the globe for the 2018) and the Owner of Fuegos Abiertos an Argentinean Tradicional Asado Catering with a Gourmet Approach where they cook the meat for 6 hrs average.

Additionally, Sebastian host a famous cooking show called “Sabores” broadcasted on one of the most well-known TV channels in Costa Rica where he resides.

His professional background and experience has been along the way with outstanding figures as Jamie Oliver, as well as being chef of others distinguished International restaurants as El Mangroove Hotel Costa Rica, Faena Hotel Buenos Aires, Zodiac Uk (2 rosettes | Michelin Guide) and Barbecoa London by Jamie Oliver (2 rosettes | Micheling Guide)

Botaniko – Escazú, Costa Rica

Argentine chef Sebastián La Rocca worked with Jaime Oliver for many years before transplanting to Costa Rica, where he ran the culinary program at the El Mangroove Hotel and designed restaurant concepts around the world. He’s now opened his first restaurant in Costa Rica in Escazú near San José focusing on the wood-fired cooking techniques of his birth country with the meat and produce of his adopted one. Aside of tomahawk steaks and beets cooked al rescoldo (in charcoal), there are gallos with house made tortillas, crudos, and a bone-in pork milanesa.

New Worlder’s has put Botanico is its list of the 19 Best New Restaurant Openings of 2019 for Americas.



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