The menu was created by French-born Executive Sous Chef Katia Soujol.
Chef Soujol joined the culinary brigade of the resort a number of years ago with a commitment to bring her vast knowledge including grandma’s traditional bouillabaisse and ratatouille recipes, to the kitchen, and pass them on to the next generation of Culinarians in Aruba.
The chef who hails from Provence, France, started cooking with her grandma in the countryside, then later followed her passion and her heart and graduated from the Culinary Institute in Nice, France.
From then on she garnered impressive accolades everywhere she went. Her nomad career took her to all corners of the world, including cooking in Hawaii, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and India, appearing in many magazines, radio and TV shows, promoting her special recipes, and making guest cooking appearances surely prepared Soujol for her role in Aruba, as Executive Sous-Chef at Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino.
And while she admits that at first, she had no clue where the island was located on the map, when the offer came, she was happy after two decades of traveling, to settle down on the One Happy Island.
The menu created in honor of the day takes off with Shrimp and Smoked Salmon Mousse with a hint of Madame Jeanette Chili, served with Radish Daikon Pickle and Roquette Salad appetizer, then continues with Aruban Baccalau Topped with Slow-Cooked Sea Bass Wrapped in Prosciutto with Crispy Funchi Or Grilled Veal Chop with Local Grown Mushroom Risotto Fresh Pomegranate Au Jus Sauce. The dessert, a guaranteed to please local favorite, Aruban Cashew Fruit Mousse with Pistachio Ponche Crema and Candied Cashew Nuts.
Chef Katia reports that traditional Aruban recipes and ingredients are at the heart of the special menu, and as food is constantly evolving, changing as much as all living, breathing arts, she created a new fusion, peppered by her French flair, multicultural influences, and a womanly touch. It’s the New Aruban Gastronomy, she adds.
The Sunset Grille delivers quality food and gracious service, with seating indoor, and outdoor on the open-air, wrap-around terrace. Open seven days a week, from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
Article written by Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino