Restaurant Wanapa & The private catering services of it's Chefs

Take a seat in our restaurant and experience an unforgettable multiple course dinner with freshly prepared cuisine made by our Chefs. It's a culinary adventure where you indulge in a taste of the tropics.

Do you prefer our services for the private chef catering, that's also possible! Book your personalized private culinary experience from 6 people to large groups. For breakfast, lunch or dinner. Together we'll organize the perfect gathering.

Meet Our Chefs & Maître!

Explore the culinary world of Caribbean flavors

Introducing Chef Melvin

Hi, I'm Melvin Leermakers, your potential chef for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or BBQ dinners. Since 2018, I've called the Caribbean home, settling on the picturesque island of Bonaire in 2019. My culinary journey began at a young age, inspired by my chef grandfather's expertise. Stepping into the industry at 16, I honed my skills but missed the direct interaction with guests. When the challenges of Covid-19 arose in 2020, I seized the opportunity to launch my own venture, emphasizing personal connections and sourcing from local ingredients. Now, as co-owner of Boutique Hotel Wanapa since 2023, I extend my culinary offerings to our guests there too. I eagerly anticipate the chance to meet you in person and embark on a delightful culinary journey together!

Chef Melvin

Introducing Chef Melissa

Hello, I'm Melissa Olthof-Eelman. With over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry since I was 16, my culinary journey has taken me from catering private dinners in the Netherlands to the stunning shores of Bonaire as of January 2024. Here, I'm excited to bring my passion for food to fellow enthusiasts. My heart lies with Mediterranean cuisine, and I specialize in crafting flavorful, cozy dinners, often in the indulgent Bourgondian style. Additionally, I'm available to delight you with breakfast or lunch offerings. Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Chef Melissa

Introducing Chef María

Hey there! My name is María Maestroni, my love for food started in my Nonna’s kitchen back in Venezuela making fresh pasta and cakes, I specialize in desserts and pastries but I love preparing food that is a reflection of my childhood and the mix of cultures I grew up with, it is always a pleasure to help guests celebrate special occasions or simply serve them with a delightful everyday meal. Looking forward to cooking something special for you in the near future!

Chef María

Introducing Maître Stef

Meet our Maître Stef Smits, our passionate wine and food pairing expert, is ready to enhance your dining experience. Having lived on Bonaire for the past 1.5 years, Stef has become a beloved member of our team and the friendly face that greets all our guests. Always up for a chat, he is eager to share his extensive knowledge of wines and provide the perfect recommendations for your meal. Beyond his expertise in the culinary arts, Stef is also available to offer advice on the best activities and sights to explore on the island. Come in and let Stef guide you through an unforgettable dining journey.

Maître Stef

Taste our menu!

A menu tailored to your taste

“Melvin is absolutely amazing!!! I had him prepare 5 dinners over two weeks for my birthday celebration at an AirBnB. Every meal was sensational! He accommodated various dietary restrictions without blinking an eye in groups from 4 - 9. The meals were the best we had anywhere on Bonaire. Every dish was very creative, original and delicious. And Melvin is quite knowledgable about Bonaire as well. He can speak about the island, and scuba diving there (he's also a dive master), as well as describe how he prepared each aspect of every meal. Best private chef I've ever experienced. Do not miss reserving his services if you're thinking about a private chef on Bonaire.”


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