Jose E Carles

Chef Jose Carles Fabregas was born on Nov. 11, 1987 in the municipality of Guayama.

Since a child, he practiced the sport of golf and was a member of the Puerto Rico National Golf Team for various years.  In 2009, Chef Jose became a caddie at Royal Isabela where he began as a hobby to cook for the golf club members; it was there when he discovered his passion for the kitchen.

He decided to stop studying accounting and enrolled at the San Juan Hotel School, where he graduated from culinary arts with honors. In 2011, Chef Jose applied for a position at La Casa Restaurant at Royal Isabela resort where he soon after became Sous Chef.

The head chef at La Casa Restaurant resigned in 2012 and Chef Jose was appointed Executive Chef at Royal Isabela, which was recognized by Island Magazine as the Best Resort in Puerto Rico.

Every year, Chef Jose travels to New York to continue his culinary arts education with Chef Dave Pasternack from ESCA Restaurant, a two-time winner of the James Beard Award for Best New York Chef.

In 2013, Chef Jose was acknowledged by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the new promising chefs in Puerto Rico. That same year, his personal biography and four of his recipes were published in the book ‘Golf Club World Behind the Gates’ written by Diana de Lucia.

Recently, Chef Jose was honored by the San Juan Hotel School as a Distinguished Ex Alumni and he also won first place at the Culinary Cup Plaza del Caribe in the junior category. A year later in 2014, Chef Jose participated in the same event and took second place in the senior category.

Chef Jose participated in the Top Chef Porta del Sol competition where he finished in the top three position.  

His ‘farm-to-table’ approach has distinguished Chef Jose in the kitchen since he visits organic farms every day to pick the freshest fruits and vegetables to prepare his dishes.