Helmi Smeulders Caribbean Chef

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Helmi Smeulders Caribbean Chef

Helmi Smeulders Caribbean Chef
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Taking the Caribbean kitchen to a higher level Chef Helmi Smeulders reshapes the traditional Caribbean kitchen and brings out the best in Caribbean food. As Caribbean chef she leads a culinary revolution by breaking down and applying new techniques to centuries-old recipes. Combined with her fierce believe in the quality of fresh and locally grown produce, the Caribbean kitchen is evolving from comfort to culinary, from traditional to modern. Helmi happily shares her passion by creating remarkable culinary experiences such as secret popup restaurants, culinary road trips, hands-on workshops, adventurous cooking holidays and exclusive chef’s tables. She published her first cookbook Modern Caribbean Flavors in 2015 and her second book Island Vibes, The Joy of Caribbean Cooking in 2018.
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Carol L
4 contributions
This is a must during a visit to Curacao.
Feb 2020
Don't miss out on attending this fabulous cooking class when you are on Curacao. Even if you are not an experienced cook, you will love the experience. It is a good way to get to know the culture through food.
Written May 12, 2020
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Thank you Caroll. It was a pleasure cooking with you! Sunny regards, Helmi
Written June 2, 2020
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Jim & Joyce
2 contributions
Spivce Girl Cooking Class Curacao
Mar 2020
We were looking for a unique excursion in Curacao while cruising on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas. We found the Spice Girl Cooking Class and it was awesome. Small group cooking and definitely hands-on and the best part is you get to eat what you cook. Helmi and her staff are extremely personable, knowledgeable and helpful. In our case we had several dietary restrictions but Helmi accommodated all of them and all we had to do was ask. Tip to travellers: If you are ever in Curacao, it is well worth your time and money to sign up for and take this class!!!!! It really was the highlight of our 11 day cruise!!!!! We met some fabulaous people, ate great food and tasted (drank) several different wines!!!!!!
Written April 2, 2020
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Happy to welcome you and Joyce in my class and thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review! Hope to welcome you again during your next cruise. Stay safe! Sunny regards, Helmi
Written April 4, 2020
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Jennifer G
3 contributions
Great Culinary Experience - Who Knew we loved Caribbean cooking?!? Thanks to Helmi!!!
Jan 2020
Take any chance to get this experience!!! When our friends announced that we would be starting our vacation with a Caribbean cooking course, I was not enthused. When they told us it meant waking at 6AM on our first day of vacation, it became totally unattractive. We didn't know what to expect - our group loves to cook but we've never dabbled with Caribbean food. Then we arrived and met Helmi! Helmi made us feel right at home - you won't want to miss this experience. She taught us several techniques; one of my favorites was how to cut a Mango and remove the flesh with no mess. She educated us with her introduction of local fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats, entertained us with her stories and provided endless encouragement and praise as we cut, tossed, blended, kneaded, grilled and laughed our way to making an amazing and beautiful lunch. We took home a couple of cook books and have already enjoyed some recipes. We can't wait to continue cooking Caribbean style here in the states. Helmi is a wonderful host start to finish. We hope to go back to experience more Caribbean cooking and Helmi.
Thanks again!!
Jennifer and Carmel
Written February 17, 2020
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I'm blushing. Thank you! So nice to read that you enjoyed it so much. I loved sharing my passion for the Caribbean kitchen with you! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and got to sleep in a little. :) Sunny regards, Helmi
Written February 19, 2020
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corsair41ChaseAve
41 chase ave6 contributions
Caribbean Cooking at it's best! What a glorious time.
Feb 2020
We travel to Curacao each January for the past 12 years. Love it! We've done lots of things so this year we were seeking something authentic and different we could share with some friends on their first visit to the island. We got reservations to for the four of us to cook with the "spice girl". Her kitchen was all organized to engage twelve of us that day. Starting with a talk on the food, tasting of ingredients, sharing in different techniques to work with the components, cooking to sitting down to a feast we created. What a great introduction to the island for our friends. What a fun and delicious time for all of us. Made food, friends and learned so much. We will go back next year to try the dinner she hosts and hopefully one time make the special surprise night feast she puts on at a to be announced island location twice a year. Hats off to you my dear! Thanks for a wonderful time. Mark & Ian
Written February 11, 2020
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Hello Mark & Ian, So happy to read your lovely review. Thank you! It's good to know that you enjoyed my class so much. Hope to welcome you guys again next year! Sunny regards, Helmi
Written February 12, 2020
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Michelle S
Grimsby, Canada22 contributions
Wow, what a great event!
Jan 2020
We meet Helmi through an excursion through Holland America cruise lines in January 2020. Expecting a small cooking demo and some local knowledge of ingredients and spices, we were amazed to learn that WE were going to be doing the cooking! After a short introduction to various local ingredients, various spices and how to use them, our group of 6 were handed recipes and got to work making several authentic Caribbean dishes. If you thought this was going to be a tasting or sampling, think again. We produced a full course meal complete with soup, dessert, and wine! I will definitely recommend Helmi and her Caribbean cooking classes to everyone I know that will be traveling to Curacao and look forward to the day that we will return. Well worth the trip! PS Helmi, I now make jerk chicken the right way.
Written February 10, 2020
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Hi Michelle, Thank you for taking the time to review my class. Happy to hear you enjoyed it so much! And that you improved your jerk skills. Am sure your husband appreciates it, haha! Hope to welcome you again in class sometime. Or that you can join me for the Chef's Table. Sunny regards, Helmi
Written February 12, 2020
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Chuck K
Gardnerville, NV21 contributions
What a wonderful experience!
Jan 2020
We spent a delightful morning and early afternoon at Spice Girl cooking class. Helmi was charming. There were 12 in our group divided between Dutch and English speakers. Helmi conducted the class in English and the Dutch visitors were wonderful to accomodate our lack of Dutch vocabulary. Food and company were fabulous. We learned a ton about Caribbean foods. Oh, the lunch and wine were loads of fun to share.
Written February 2, 2020
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Michelle J
Los Angeles, CA6 contributions
Great fun and GREAT food!
Nov 2019 • Couples
Hands down the BEST excursion we took from our Holland America cruise ship! We toured the Southern Caribbean over Thanksgiving and took excursions at every stop. Helmi’s Class was the pinnacle of our trip, informative, interactive, delicious and fun! We listened, learned, and then got to cooking. Everything was so delicious that I insisted we “recreate” the dinner on New Years Eve! Thanks Helmi (and your staff and our fellow cooks) for making this such a memorable event!
Written December 28, 2019
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Hi Michelle. So happy to read your review and to hear that you enjoyed the class so much! Hope everything worked out for dinner tonight! Happy New Year and hope to welcome you again on your next cruise! Sunny regards, Helmi
Written December 31, 2019
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Loeki T
Curaçao16 contributions
Chef’s experience
Sep 2019 • Friends
I heard about the chef’s table at the cooking studio from Helmi but this was the first time I got a change to visit the event and it was so worth the wait!! You are greeted with a welcome Prosecco and you can just sit and relax.. the best part for me was the fact that it’s so intimit that you can watch all the preparations from Helmi and her chef.. questions can be asked directly and you can actually see the pieces of art come to live😀
Always with the Caribbean in the back of her mind she amazes me every time! Combinations and flavors like I have never tasted before!!! Definitely a must to do in Curacao!
Written December 2, 2019
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Thanks so much for your lovely review Loekie and I hope to welcome you back soon at the Chef's Table!
Written December 4, 2019
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Mirjam Brijker
1 contribution
Fantastic cooking workshop with local products
Jun 2019
We had a wonderful morning with Helmi learning about all the local produces and recipes and lots of tips a tricks. Helmi is very knowledgeable and an enthousiastic cook. Above all we had a lot of fun making and eating delicious dishes.
Highly recommended!!!
Written August 31, 2019
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Thank you for this lovely review. Happy to hear you enjoyed my class! Helmi
Written September 11, 2019
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Madelinde
Willemstad, Curaçao6 contributions
Experience the heart of Curacao with Helmi
Aug 2019
Today we created memories. As we explore our own island, we participated in the cooking workshop of Helmi Smeulders.
This is true passion from the heart and I can highly recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the culinary secrets of Curacao.
Her location is a hidden gem in Mahaai and together with other discoverers we experienced the wonderful kitchen of Curacao. The first part of the day was about the ingredients of the menu, and the second part was preparing the menu together with the group. The cherry on the cake was a burgundy table where we enjoyed the food, the wine, the surrounding. This experience is for all ages, for all nationalities and a must experience when you visit Curacao!!
Written August 7, 2019
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Looking back on a memorable cooking class with your group. Thanks so much for joining. Happy to hear you enjoyed it so much! Met zonnige groet, Helmi
Written August 9, 2019
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