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Creating a Galapagos Culinary Identity at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

12 Jan 2018, Posted by Emilio Dalmau in Galapagos Islands Blog
Galapagos culinary identity. Photo credit: Emilio Dalmau

Yes! We are talking about of one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Enchanted Islands – a unique spot on the planet. Wonder and magic are found aroundevery corner and will surprise you from beginning to end. When you stay at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, our goal is for you to experience life, moments, landscapes, and flavours that will remain in your mind and heart forever. We know many of our guests usually plan their trips almost a year in advance and they expect it to be the trip of a lifetime. At the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel and the Finch Bay Restaurant we are committed to giving our guests exactly that. Adventures, activities, service and food, every little detail counts. On our journey towards creating traditional Galapagos food, we have put all our creativity to work. Cooking is an art, and as is the case with any art, visuals play a fundamental role in creating a Galapagos culinary identity at the Finch Bay and we want you to be a part of it!

Photo credit: Emilio Dalmau

Photo credit: Emilio Dalmau

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Galapagos is a unique place in which the most wonderful memories are created. What is life if not a collection of our fondest ones? To me, life is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. It might sound repetitive but I firmly believe that we should live everyday as if it would be our last. Do what makes you happy and do it without hesitation.

As Chefs, we try to improve every day. We want to wow our guests with our flavours, with the richness of our local products, with the way we present their food. We aim to go beyond their expectations!

Let Inspiration Become Your Identity

At Finch Bay there are two things we deeply care about: sustainability and community. We wanted to support our local artisans so we decided to look for unique products that would add to the style of our hotel, all while creating an identity of our own. We commissioned the Quito-based workshop Barroquema to create customized, clay dishware that showcased the best of the beautiful place in which we work – the Galapagos Islands. The specially-handcrafted plates found their inspiration in the elements and colours of the islands, and became the perfect canvas atop which we could put our own culinary artistry to work.

Photo credit: Emilio Dalmau

Photo credit: Emilio Dalmau

The Power of Presentation

I like to define myself as a creative Chef, which is why plating is also an important part of my process. I seek to display the colours and textures of the food on the plates in such a way that they surprise and inspire our guests. I want to create the same reaction they get when they first set eyes on the islands and their majestic landscapes.

The idea is to first open your appetite through your eyes. Take your time to observe the different elements on your plate, admire the colours, smell the distinct aromas and let a smile come to your face as you feel the textures in your mouth after that first bite.

Photo credit: Emilio Dalmau

Photo credit: Emilio Dalmau

I have always thought that food is the reflection of a Chef’s soul. To me, life is good, happy and full of adventures. The wonderful team of expert cooks that I work with are funny and crazy people. This, along with our passion and the respect we have for the products of the Galapagos, is what we try to convey through our cooking and plating.

In Search of a Galapagos Culinary Identity

We are committed to you, as ours guests, to give you the experience of a lifetime on the islands. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to having a great trip, and food is one of them. Let our food take you on a journey of its own and be transported to a place of wonder! It’s time to rock-and-roll in the kitchen and to keep doing what we love to do! It’s time to put the best of our creativity to work and to create unique and unforgettable Galapagos food. But first, let’s keep on adding to the building blocks of our own identity. In summary: we guarantee that we will go beyond your wildest dreams!

We love to cook, we live to cook and we cook to live.

Chef Emilio Dalmau doing what he does best

Chef Emilio Dalmau doing what he does best

Emilio Dalmau Moreira is a creative Ecuadorian Chef with Spanish roots. He takes pride in what his homeland has to offer by showing its products through the use of modern and classical techniques. With 15 years of experience, Emilio is a globetrotter that has lived in the USA, Argentina. Spain, Colombia, and now the Galapagos Islands. An active member of the Academié Culinaire de France, and with two degrees in Haute Cuisine received in Spain, Emilio is passionate for discovering new flavours and products, and for transmitting the essence of each of the places he cooks in.

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