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                              Welcome to El Chaman Restaurant


 …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 Gods
- 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 & sea and
combines with the bountiful varieties of fruit and vegetables
brought to the table with the
magical & mysterious hands of

El Chaman                                                          

                   buen provecho                                                                                     

                            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 his career.
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, the
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 to the
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 executive
chef for  throughout the country in support of special events.
In 1998 Walter assumed the role of Executive Chef at the
Wyndham Miami Beach Resort & Spa where he was heavily
involved in uplifting the culinary quality
and presentation at the hotel.

Few years later he moved into the Director of Food & Beverage
and was leading his team for over 5 years under
the Luxury resorts (LXR) umbrella.
With the inspiration from his Peruvian Sole-mate & wife Marianella,
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.

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