Let me introduce myself, I am the new Chef de Cuisine of Restaurant Whale Tails.
I started working in hospitality at age 14 as dishwasher in a cafeteria in The Netherlands, while I was doing my first culinary school.
At age 16 I went to the School of Culinary Arts in The Hague and I did an internship at Perscentrum Nieuwspoort in the restaurant for people of the Dutch government.
After my Culinary School I started working in different Restaurants to gain a lot experience in different kitchens. Among them was the famous, high class seafood Restaurant Las Palmas of Herman Den Blijker in Rotterdam.
In 2011 I moved to the Caribbean. After a few years on Sint Maarten I worked on a private yacht as the Sole Chef and travelled to a lot of islands around the Caribbean trying to learn something of the culinary traditions wherever I came.
When I came back to Sint Maarten I’ve worked in a fine dining Italian Restaurant where I picked up my passion for this great kitchen. After this experience I started my career at Holland House Beach Hotel, starting as Chef de Partie and working my way up to Executive-Chef. In this role I had the great privilege in 2017 to cook a private lunch for the King and Queen of The Kingdom of The Netherlands.
After This Great experience I mostly worked a private Chef for Villa’s and Private jets.
Now me and my fiancé are moving to Statia with our new born daughter to live our passion at Whale Tails.
Follow me on Instagram: rene.colla to see some of my creations.