An interview with Chef Scot Alan Bradley, a local chef and La Fortuna business owner who offers private tropical cooking classes in Arenal.
Narrator: When it comes to food, La Fortuna has many well-know restaurants with different offers such as this characteristic Caribbean styled one.
Journalist: Scott, why did you move to Costa Rica, to La Fortuna?
Scott: What really brought me here? Well, the first time was 15 years ago, when I came on vacations to Costa Rica. After that I was charmed by this beautiful country. So I came back a few times, four or five. The last time was probably eight or nine years ago when I actually decided to move to Costa Rica and start a business here, in la Fortuna.
Journalist: Why a culinary-kind of business?
Scott: Well, I've been in the culinary world my whole life; both of my parents were chefs. My mother had a restaurant, so I basically grew up in that restaurant. I'm from Los Angeles and I spend a big part of my life working in restaurants, inside and outside the kitchen. Also, I learn from a well-known chef from a very good culinary school in The United States and I worked for a few years with him. And I love all the ingredients from Costa Rica, they are so good!
Journalist: Why a Caribbean-styled restaurant in la Fortuna?
Scott: From the Caribbean, I love the music, I really love the food. I'm from the beach, you know! So, that's why the "beach atmosphere". People actually joke about the Caribbean style restaurant and no beach.
Journalist: Lots of Reggae music, right?
Scott: Yes, I love Reggae! We always play reggae here and people like it!
Narrator: This chef is so in love with Costa Rica that decided to offer classes of typical Costa Rican cuisine. He told us he has some recipes already for the class.
Scott: Yes, we make Costa Rican Ceviche, Patacones, Pork chop with tropical fruit chutneys. It's Costa Rican typical cuisine and fusion at the same time. I have Costa Rican cooks working with me so we can introduce the tourists to the real local cuisine. We can find different ways to prepare the local food! I love food!
Narrator: One of the specials in the restaurant is "The grilled Steak".
Scott: It's something common and very international. But all the ingredients are from here, so good, so fresh! That's what makes it special. Everything is from very good local farms in the area.
Narrator: The name (Lava Lounge), let's hear the chef explain it himself.
Scott: Lava Lounge Bar & Grill. Well grill translate to "parrilla" in Spanish. And Lava-Lounge. --Lounge- is a word in English used for a place to relax, to chill, to have fun, a kind of bar. Lava, I have lived for years here and I've seen lots of lava coming out of the volcano. It maybe answers the question (laughing)
Narrator: Cilantro, says this exceptional chef, Cilantro should always be on his recipes
Scott: Cilantro and garlic, specially garlic. I put garlic in almost everything. And if there's a Costa Rican Recipe without garlic I'm probably adding it! (Laughing) But yes, I used them a lot!
These two are very important ingredients in the Costa Rican cuisine. And I love them!