Puerto Rican Chef Wilo Benet is owner of Pikayo – his fine dining and flagship restaurant – about to commemorate its 22nd year in business. This top chef has redefined Puerto Rican cuisine and in the process has put the Island's enchanting flavors on display for the whole world to admire.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Wilo worked for various famed restaurants such as Le Bernardin, The Water Club and the Maurice Restaurant, all in New York, which led him to be chosen as Chef de Cuisine for Puerto Rico’s Governor’s Mansion. After two years, he opened Pikayo, which has been recognized over the almost 22-year span by many culinary-oriented publications such as Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Conde Nast Traveler, Caribbean Travel & Life, Miami Herald, and the New York Times.
He has also published “Puerto Rico True Flavors” in 2007 ; his own cookbook which feature more than 100 recipes complemented by outstanding photography.
Aside from been a talented Chef, Wilo Benet is also a keen businessman and a natural leader. His extraordinary vision has taken him to new heights, setting the standards in the restaurant industry and contemporary cuisine in the Island.
In May 2009, Benet launched his first endeavor in the wine world: DOBLEÚ, elaborated by the "Bodega Ramon Bilbao" in Rioja, Spain of 100% Tempranillo Grape. Wine Spectator’s Robert Parker declared it "Best Buy" in the Wine Advocate 2009 Edition
Chef Benet also participated in two of the highest rated culinary shows in TV: Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern”, and as a contestant in Bravo TV’s new series “Top Chef Masters”, a spinoff of the award-winning show, “Top Chef”.
Aside from being a talented Chef, Wilo Benet is also a keen businessman and a natural leader. His extraordinary vision has taken him to new heights, setting the standards in the restaurant industry and contemporary cuisine in the Island. Also, an avid photographer with a zoom eye on resident and migrating bird species
Delight in the delicious offerings of Chef Wilo Benet, the top chef of Puerto Rico, featuring fine cuisine in two enchanting dining establishments.