Meet your chef.
My name is Russell My name is Russell Taplin and I am a private chef, retreat host and an advocate of a vegan lifestyle and plant medicine.
Originally from the south coast of England I am now based in Santa Teresa, a magical beach town on the tip of Costa Rica's Nicoya peninsula. First lured here in 2006 by the perfect tropical waves I fell in love with everything that this special peninsular has to offer. My journey has led me from being a surf instructor and running a guesthouse to becoming a private chef and believer in the power of a vegan lifestyle to bring about a more conscious loving and compassionate world.
Food plays an integral part in our lives and, like good music, has the power to touch our hearts, bodies and soul in a meaningful way so why not make it a beautiful experience? I believe food should be natural and organic, nourishing on every level and that we should take a more conscious approach to how we consume and to life in general. I look forward to sharing this vision with you and showing you just how satisfying and delicious vegan cuisine can be. Please check out my offerings to see how I can be of service to you and sign up to my email list to receive a sample of my upcoming recipe book and information on our latest retreats.
i'LL Customize a MENU JUST for youR NEEDS.
Whether you're hosting a detox yoga retreat or a jungle themed wedding, I will craft a menu specifically for you. I cook for many different events from private dinners to yoga teacher trainings,or any special event or retreat.
creative, plant-based food you will love.
I love creating delicious, beautiful food full of fantastic flavor that will fully satisfy both vegan and non vegan alike. If you think you don’t like vegan food you have just never had it done right!
Come and join us and enjoy our jungle home.
Come and join my partner Rima and I in our home and let us host you as we eat amazing food, scope out the wildlife from the porch, surf, do yoga, meditate, connect and play. Check out the retreats page for details.