Chef Biography

Jeremie Cruz was born and raised on Puerto Rico and was interested in cooking since a child. At 17, he started working at a bake shop in Ceiba, Puerto Rico and at 18, started as a prep cook at Isabela’s Restaurant in  the El Conquistador Hotel. Within two months he was promoted to commis and eight months after that, promoted to culinary management trainee (CMT), which allowed him a scholarship to study advanced courses at the Culinary Institute in New York.

Returning to Puerto Rico and the El Conquistador, he was the sous chef there when Great Chefs showed up in 1997, and they taped him for their Great Chefs of the Caribbean series as well as their Great Chefs of the World series. He moved to the Westin Rio Mar as executive chef shortly thereafter for a year, before accepting the executive chef position at the Villa Montana Beach Resort 11 years ago in 2005, and he remains there today.


Shrimp Salad Pionono with Calabaza Seed Vinaigrette

Serving: 4 Print Shrimp Salad Pionono with Calabaza Seed Vinaigrette By Great Chefs October 7, 2015 This shrimp salad gets its depth from the grilling of the shrimp and toasting of the calabaza, or pumpkin, seeds. This dish has many parts which can be used for other dishes: the pionono shells could contain any salad […]

Lamb Chop with Mofongo and Cilantro Pesto

Serving: 4 Print Lamb Chop with Mofongo and Cilantro Pesto By Great Chefs September 19, 2015 Mofongo is a Caribbean plantain preparation which is used as a mild counterpoint to the seared lamb chops and spicy sauces. There is some last-minute preparation for this dish, cooking the lamb and vegetables, but none of this last-minute […]

Restaurant Information

Address: 4466 KM 1.9, Isabela, Interior Barrio Bajuras 00662, Puerto Rico
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