AUTÓKTONO

Transforming the Natural, Social, Cultural and Gastronomic Environment of Our Land

CONFESSION OF THE COOK

AUTÓKTONO is born from our inner fire… the passion and love for our autochthonous cuisine. It is our commitment to protect and preserve our culinary heritage and natural resources of our environment. It is nutrition, health and well-being of our community.

At the start of the day, we head out to collect our ingredients for the kitchen. We harvest with our farmers. We support our producers. We fish with our fishermen. We cook and educate based on our zero kilometer cooking philosophy.

AUTÓKTONO is purpose, action and transformation in the kitchen. We cook and educate to value, protect and conserve the natural environment and the culinary heritage of our territory. We empower with the ultimate goal of promoting the creation and development of sustainable food systems to transform the nutrition, health and well-being of our communities.

MEET THE COOK

He is driven by passion, purpose, discipline and values. An alchemist, an artisan, he uses his skilled hands to manipulate ingredients, slice, sauté, plate and entertain us with his art. His intention creates magic inspired by respect for culinary tradition, deliciousness, beauty, health and well-being.

Take a closer look at the cook’s hands. They tell his story.

adjective | au·tok·to·no | ȯ-ˈtäk-tə-nə

Formed or originating in the place where found; from Greek αὐτόχθων (autókhthōn, “indigenous”); from αὐτός (autós, “self”) + χθών (khthṓn, “earth, soil”).

I love to touch the earth. This contact with nature allows me to feel and smell what I serve in each plate.
CHEF RANDY SILES

THE COOK PLANTS

AND HARVESTS

The cook prides on zero kilometer cooking. He sources exclusively seasonal, indigenous, organic ingredients from his region. He visits local farmers everyday; he talks to them. He plants, oversees the growing and harvests. He is out with the fishermen bringing in the freshest catch of the day. From soil to surf, his hands are in every element used in his kitchen.

THE COOK PROTECTS

The cook protects his people, culture, nature, the environment and the region’s culinary traditions. He is the driving force empowering people to lead better lives through healthy nutrition, knowledge and cultural preservation. The cook is the repository of the region’s culinary heritage and mentor for future generations.

THE COOK TRANSFORMS

The cook steps out of his kitchen. He is aware of his surroundings. He is sensitive to the needs of his community and he acts. The kitchen becomes his classroom and laboratory. Here, he empowers disadvantaged youths giving an opportunity to them and their families for a better future.

AUTÓKTONO

AUTÓKTONO is not a dream. It is real — full of life and energy, vibrating in the coastal town of Santa Teresa in Costa Rica. The culinary academy was born in the kitchen of the Shambala Restaurant in Hotel Trópico Latino by a visionary chef. Meet Randy Siles, Chef Ambassador of Costa Rica’s National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy. Watch the video to experience AUTÓKTONO.

AUTÓKTONO IN ACTION

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Discover AUTÓKTONO Concepts

SHAMBALA RESTAURANT

Hotel Tropico Latino
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

OUR PRODUCERS

Zero Kilometer, indigenous ingredients

HACIENDA OKHRA

Mal País, Costa Rica

FROM THE KITCHEN

Delight on a selection of delicious plates and simple recipes of iconic, healthy Costa Rican delights by chef Randy Siles.

Behind AUTÓKTONO, there’s a visionary cook — a maestro, an artisan, an alchemist, a magician — who masterfully, artistically and playfully connects food, culture, community and nature for the greater good.

EXPLORE BÁSICO

Follow Autoktono’s news, healthy cooking tips, and delicious content.

WORKING TOGETHER, WE WILL EMPOWER COOKS TO TRANSFORM THEIR COMMUNITIES AND CREATE A POSITIVE IMPACT IN PEOPLE’S LIVES AND THE WORLD.

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