Private chef services, by Chef Pablo Turel and his team, for people who want to enjoy their vacation.

The Costa Rica Chef offers private chef services in the privacy and comfort of your vacation rental home. From impressive sushi spreads to a typical Argentinian BBQ and everything in between, our seasoned expert chefs can do it all! 

After working for many years as a private chef, in 2017, Head Chef Pablo Turel created The Costa Rica Chef, offering private chef services across the Central Pacific Coast along with his team of hand-picked professional chefs.  After having worked for many years together, learning and growing from each other, they have become a cohesive unit of some of the top chefs in all of Costa Rica.

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Jaco • Hermosa • Herradura

Up to 10 people 

Only Breakfast $80

Only Lunch $90

Only Dinner $90

Sushi Night $150

Breakfast & Dinner $150

Full Day – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner $240

* Prices do not include groceries
* Costa Rican Taxes Included

Esterillos • Bejuco • Tarcoles

Up to 10 people

Only Breakfast $100

Only Lunch $110

Only Dinner $110

Sushi Night $170

Breakfast & Dinner $170

Full Day – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner $260

* Prices do not include groceries
* Costa Rican Taxes Included

Manuel Antonio

Up to 10 people

Only Breakfast $110

Only Lunch $120

Only Dinner $120

Sushi Night $170

Breakfast & Dinner $210

NO FULL DAY SERVICE

* Prices do not include groceries
* Costa Rican Taxes Included

Professional Team

What our clients have to say

Ursula Hempel
Ursula Hempel
2023-09-24
I had the pleasure of hiring Chef Pablo and Jose to celebrate my husband’s birthday at our beach house, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. From start to finish they were professional and accommodating. First and foremost, the food was absolutely incredible! They prepared Mexican dinner, a delicious pecan pie for dessert and the next day a breakfast buffet. Not only were Chef Pablo and Jose talented in the kitchen, they were punctual and efficient. They also took care of the cleanup, allowing us to relax and enjoy the celebration! I wholeheartedly recommend Chef Pablo and Jose for any special occasion. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
Daniel Beatty
Daniel Beatty
2023-09-10
ChefPablo and his crew have 5 stars for a reason. We were a group of 9, celebrating my mom's 60th birthday and wanted to take the burden of cooking off everyone's plate so we could spend the time enjoying each others company instead. This felt like a splurge for our thrifty family, but everyone would agree, this was the highlight of our trip and worth every penny! We had dinner cooked for us everyday, mainly by Chef Jose and a couple days by Chef Diana, and the food and service were both amazing! They were friendly, accommodating to our dietary preferences and allergies, and all meals were out of this world. Not to mention, they cleaned up for us as well! Having a personal chef was a treat! Chef Pablo has a great thing going with his service and crew. If we make it back to Costa Rica, we'll be giving Chef Pablo a call!
Ariel Llorente
Ariel Llorente
2023-07-16
Pablo and his crew were awesome and so responsive! We needed very early breakfasts at our VRBO for early day trips. We were so happy with each one, especially the breakfast burritos!
Nina
Nina
2023-03-05
Excelente servicio
Brian Bildson
Brian Bildson
2023-03-03
Fantastic service and exceptional meals. Chef Roger and Fabian went above and beyond.
Emily Biggs
Emily Biggs
2023-01-01
So so good! We used Pablo for two meals. Exceeded our expectations for both. Very friendly and efficient chefs. Use them!
The Pretty Mad Scientist
The Pretty Mad Scientist
2022-12-21
Chef Pablo and his team were MAGNIFICENT during our visit! We had them come for breakfast on two separate days, and dinner another. Both experiences were entirely above and beyond our expectations. Truly a very special experience. Each and every dish was scrumptious! Attention to detail, amazing service, and multiple appetizers and wine that we hadn’t even expected! All while being so kind and really contributing quite well to the fun atmosphere. We were 5 girls staying at an Airbnb in Jaco for my bachelorette, and honestly I think Chef Pablo and the meals we had with him were one of the main highlights of my entire trip. The girls and I would all highly recommend! Thank you again Pablo!
Daya Faith
Daya Faith
2022-08-22
Chef Pablo was AMAZING! Service was great and food was delicious! We had the surf and turf (would highly suggest). Next time I’m in Costa Rica, I’ll be sure to book again : )
Mary Margaret Gregg
Mary Margaret Gregg
2022-04-11
This was the absolute BEST vacation decision I have ever made. Chef Makensy and Chef Fabian were a dream come true! Every meal was better than the last. The meals were prepared fresh daily and were delicious. My kids are such picky eaters and they loved everything! Thank you guys so much for truly making this a real vacation for this busy mom!
Carol Snyder
Carol Snyder
2022-04-01
We were in Costa Rica for our 30th Anniversary with family and friends and hired Pablo’s chefs for 4 meals and bartending services. We absolutely loved the food and service ! And Sandra the Bartender was top notch - such a hit with all of our friends !! She made the best shots and drinks and even served them poolside . It was the highlight of our trip for sure ! Highly recommend Pablo’s crew for your trip to Costa Rica . We will definitely use them again when we return !!
luisjr0885
luisjr0885
2024-02-09
Excellent service, quality and flavor As part of a few rest in Los Sueños, I decided to hire Pablo Turel services as a private chef. The process was very quick and easy, always very kind and professional with me. Of course, it's better to contact him in advance, because he and his team usually have a busy agenda. I had some particular requirements, because I'm a bit picky eater, but all my requests were satisfied. As well as the times of the meals to be served, because I'm very punctual, and everything went in the best way. Pablo and Belén made sure that the presentation, quality and flavor of the food were splendid in each service. I really liked the Surf & Turf with lobster, the Argentinian BBQ had a lot of variety, the curry with shrimp was very good too. And the brunch with mimosas, pretty good. Without a doubt, one of the best decisions I made. I highly recommend it.
Goran B
Goran B
2024-02-08
Not a great experience During our stay, we loved our place and enjoyed having dinners on the terrace overlooking the beach and beautiful sunsets, so we hired several chefs during our time in Jaco. We mostly relied on reviews when making our choice. We chose Pablo because we wanted to try different experiences, and his reviews were similar to those of other chefs we had. In our instance, Pablo's experience was subpar in every way. Contact with Pablo was irregular at first, with lengthy pauses between messages. After three days or so of back and forth, he finally scheduled another chef for 6 p.m. He said the chef would arrive at our house at 5:15 p.m., but he did not give us any other information—including the chef's name—that we would require for the security gate. We went about our day planning to be back at our place by 4:30 and inform the gate that a chef would be visiting that evening. But the chef arrived much earlier, at 3:30, so security had to find us down at the beach. We had to change our plans to allow her in. The entire incident was stressful and created a negative atmosphere. The Mexican dinner we ordered was not great. Salsas and guacamole were incredibly salty, even for those in our group who enjoy a lot of salt. The rest was mediocre. The desert was burned and had a bitter taste. According to the chef's website, which we looked over before using this service, groceries cost $15–20 per person. That would be $60–80 for the two couples in our group, plus the $90 service charge. However, we were charged $210 for groceries. On top of the $310 tab, we left a $40 tip for the chef for a total of $350 total. This was around $100 higher than what we paid a different private chef who prepared a fancier dinner a few days earlier. This put both couples in an awkward situation, as the couple who made the arrangements and paid the tab then had to try to explain the higher price than what was advertised. The arranging couple, feeling a little awkward, contacted Pablo regarding this disparity in the hopes of receiving at least a detailed analysis and an explanation for the higher than expected cost. Pablo was not helpful and provided nothing to address these concerns. Given our experience, we cannot recommend this chef. There are much better personal chefs in Jaco.
Ben O
Ben O
2023-06-29
Exceeded our expectations! Absolutely fantastic! We had them cook breakfast and dinner for us during our week long vacation to Hermosa Beach last week. We had 9 adults and 2 children and there were plenty of leftovers for lunches. The food was delicious, the presentation was beautiful and they cleaned everything up at the end. They even made a birthday cake for my daughter! Highly recommend!
Katie G
Katie G
2023-05-16
Delicious Food We recently stayed in Los Suenos and hired Chef Fabian to cook for our large party of 15 for 4 dinners, 1 breakfast & 1 poolside lunch! Everything was so delicious, he even cooked some of the mahi & tuna we caught each night. Would highly recommend & will definitely be using their services on our next trip!
Trish H
Trish H
2023-03-24
One of the best meals I’ve ever had! A definite must to have a private chef cook a delectable meal while you’ve been playing all day! Pablo was easy to communicate with with all my questions. Surf and turf was beyond our expectations with the largest piece of lobster and filet mignon wrapped in bacon. Chef Jose was very professional and knows his way around a kitchen. It was reasonably priced. HIGHLY recommend this company to up your game while you visit Costa Rica!
Amber B
Amber B
2023-03-20
Excellent food and service I cannot say enough about this company. We hired them for 2-3 meals per day and bartending services for 12 people while we were in Jaco. The food was some of the best we had ever had! They were also extremely flexible and easy to work with on a day to day basis. And - Sandra - the bartender is fantastic. Granted - her shot making skills almost did us in lol - but she was gracious and wonderful to have around. They made our trip special and memorable. Kudos to them. I would highly recommend them!
Jon L
Jon L
2023-02-24
Amazing service in Costa Rica This is a must when visiting Costa Rica. It took all the pressure off the families and the food was simply amazing. Pablo communicated very quickly ahead of our trip and was very attentive to our selections and needs. Our chef (Jose) showed up on time every night and was extremely friendly and professional. He made the difference on our trip and not only prepared outstanding meals but cleaned up afterwards and asked us what we wanted for the next night. Overall, if I could give this more than 5 starts I would and highly recommend to anyone going to Costa Rica to look Pablo up.
richellekp
richellekp
2022-12-26
A Must In Jaco Costa Rica! I hired them for my birthday dinner and they did not disappoint. Chef Pablo was always responsive to my emails with questions I had. We had the Argentinian Barbecue and everything was absolutely delicious! The chefs set the table and plated our food then cleaned up and wrapped the leftovers. We had enough leftovers for two days for the 6 of us. Price was very reasonable. I would highly recommend them and would use them again
micnbubs
micnbubs
2022-11-29
Chef Jose and Chef Belen Chef Pablo arranged for us to have Chef Jose and Chef Belen for our 6-night splurge! OH BOY! They did NOT disappoint. Every dinner was amazing!! From Argentine BBQ, and Italian night, to Caribbean jerk chicken ending with Surf and turf. Our dinners were so good. We highly recommend Chef Pablo and his team.
Kendall A
Kendall A
2022-06-08
The Best! Chef Manuel Antonio is amazing! He first came to our rental to cook a breakfast spread while on vacation. It was so good that we wanted him back for dinner the following day. Manuel made Argentinian BBQ and it was the best! 10/10