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Prep work at The Wave Restaurant in a Vero Beach resort in Florida.

Chef's Recipes

Chef prep work at The Wave Restaurant, at a Vero Beach resort in Florida.

Costa d’ Este Land & Sea Skewer

Pork Belly & Marinated Shrimp Skewer with Chipotle Cilantro Chimichurri

Pork Belly

  • 1 pound Pork Belly
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cup of mojo
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).
2. Season pork belly all over with smoked paprika, mojo, salt, and black pepper. Wrap pork in parchment paper; wrap a second time in aluminum foil, and a third time in another sheet of aluminum foil. Place pork packet in a baking dish.
3. Roast in the preheated oven until tender for 6 hours. Let cool in wrappings to room temperature; place cooled packet in refrigerator and chill.
4. Unwrap chilled meat. Save any rendered fat that falls away when unwrapping pork.
5. Cut meat into diced portions. Slashes in the fat-side of the pork. Season with salt.
6. Skewer pork belly into 12” bamboo stick, put over hot grill and cook until well-browned on all sides and heated through.

Marinated Shrimp

  • 1 pound shrimp U12
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

1. Peel and devein the shrimp.
2. Mixed the shrimp with the olive oil, chopped garlic, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper.
3. Skewer a single shrimp into 8” bamboo stick, put over hot grill until is cook.

Chipotle Cilantro Chimichurri

  • 2 cups chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small red onion, quartered
  • 5 garlic cloves, quartered
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper

1. For the chimichurri, place the parsley, cilantro, onion, garlic, andchipotle peppers in a food processor; cover and pulse until minced.
2.Add ½ cup oil, vinegar, lime juice, oregano, lime peel, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper; cover and process until blended.
3.Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Costa Grilled Cheese recipe at a Vero Beach resort.

Costa Grilled Cheese


  • 16 oz. sliced Manchego cheese
  • 4 oz. figs marmalade
  • 2 oz. locally harvested arugula
  • 2 loaves of Cuban bread
  • 1 cup whole butter, cut into cubes


Divide in half and lay out Cuban bread. Divide the Manchego slices evenly. Spread the fig marmalade evenly and top with the local harvest arugula.In a non-stick pan, or on a flat griddle, melt half of the butter.Lay each sandwich in the hot melted butter, cooking until golden and crispy.Add the remaining butter to the pan and flip the sandwiches into the freshly melted butter.Cook until golden and crispy.If necessary, place the sandwiches in a 350 degree oven to further melt the cheese.


  • 1 1/2 pound whitefish (red snapper, flounder,
    grouper, or tilapia)
  • 2 oz celery
  • 1 oz ginger
  • ½  red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 10 limes
  • 3 oz cilantro
  • rocoto pepper sauce (see below)


Finely chop the garlic, ginger, and celery.

Slice the fish into bite-sized pieces and mix in a large bowl with the salt and white pepper. Add the lemon juice and mix very well with the garlic, ginger, and celery.

Add approximately 4 tablespoons of the rocoto pepper sauce. Taste to set the right amount of heat.

Add the red onion thinly sliced and the chopped cilantro.
Mix again.

Rocoto pepper sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon rocoto pepper paste
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 slices white bread (sliced)
  • ½ cup milk


Blend the rocoto pepper paste with red bell peppers, white bread, milk, and water.