…throughout the history of the Incas
the Chaman was one of the most
powerful men in the entire Empire if not the most.
The medicine man with Dark Powers
the Elements - Strange Powers from the Underworld
controlled by forces unknown…
has guided their path, culture & way of life
over centuries and most importantly their foods,
the Pacha Mama - The Earth -
draws its offerings from the richness of land &
combines with the bountiful varieties of fruit and
brought to the table with the
magical & mysterious hands of
Marianella & Walter Kopp
Born and raised in Austria
after completing his apprenticeship at the Culinary
institute of Austria.
Walter has traveled extensively in Europe and worked
in upscale restaurant with “Haute Cuisine” all thru
In 1988 he came to the US where he worked at the
Fountainebleu Hilton on Miami Beach
for several years in the culinary department,
later on transferred to the Miami Airport
Hilton & Towers where he became Executive Sous Chef.
He followed his mentor and former executive chef
Ramesh Pillai to Puerto Rico and took leadership as
the Executive Sous Chef at the
world renowned El conquistador Hotel Casino &
Resort, where he implemented his talent in all 16
restaurants throughout the hotel. And paid special
focus in Infusing his knowledge into Las Casitas,
resorts 5 diamond propertie’s, upscale gourmet
Bistro - as well as “Isabelas” steak house and
“Cassave” a place for Caribbean fusion cusine that
was featured in the gourmet magazine.
After a few years on the islands, Walter moved back
Miami with wife Marianella, daughter Stephanie and
son Johnathan where he then worked for Wyndham
international as Executive Chef.
On several occasions Walter was sent as a task force
chef for throughout the country in support of
In 1998 Walter assumed the role of Executive Chef at
Wyndham Miami Beach Resort & Spa where he was
involved in uplifting the culinary quality
and presentation at the hotel.
Few years later he moved into the Director of Food &
and was leading his team for over 5 years under
the Luxury resorts (LXR) umbrella.
With the inspiration from his Peruvian Sole-mate &
And a passion for Peruvian culture & food has led to
the opening of
“El Chaman" in 2008, where Walter has fused his
creative skills & experience of 25 years as a Chef
with one of the most
appraising cuisines of the new world the
“Art of Peruvian Cuisine” that has gained such
popularity and interest over the last few years,
thru its bountiful richness of the land.