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About Us

Bacaro is the newest Cayman Yacht Club Restaurant! Your best dining experience is guaranteed with warm hospitality and friendly and knowledgeable service, while hosted by Manager Barnabas, you can relax and enjoy our innovative new restaurant and beautiful terraces overlooking sailboats of the Cayman Islands Yacht Club.

our team

Barnabas Bako - Bacaro Restaurant

Barnabas Bako

Barney was born in Budapest, Hungary where at the age of 14 he went to train in a Hospitality school to become a professional waiter. In order to travel and gain further experience in fine dining Barney joined a cruise line in 1996.

After spending 4 years at sea he decided dry land was looking more appealing so in 2000 he moved to Grand Cayman and started at the Wharf where he worked for 2 years. 2002 proved to be the start of a longstanding friendship as he joined Ragazzi and met Federico. In 2007 Barney was promoted to manager and joined the new sister restaurant, Luca at the Caribbean Club continuing to work alongside Federico. In 2009 he moved to Bermuda and then on to Switzerland in 2010 continuing in a management role as well as completing a professional qualification in Restaurant Management.

After 6 years, Barney returned to Cayman to team up again with his good friend Fede to open their first restaurant together, Bacaro. Barney’s attention to detail and passionate outlook leaves guest with a memorable dining experience.

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Federico Destro - Bacaro Restaurant

Federico Destro

Born and raised in Venice, Italy, my relationship with food began as a young child “helping” my mother make gnocchi…or more correctly, playing with the floury dough on the kitchen table. At age 14, I enrolled in culinary school for 5 years.

During the summer breaks, I would work in various restaurants and hotels in Venice and the surrounding area. I also spent a season working in Tuscany. In 1999, I decided to leave Italy to experience the world and I arrived in Grand Cayman to work as a line cook at Ragazzi Restaurant. After 2 years, I was promoted to Head Chef – a position I held for 5 more years. In 2007, I moved on to help in opening sister restaurant Luca at the Caribbean Club, where I worked as Head Chef for 9 years. Finally at the ripe age of 40, the opportunity to open my own restaurant arrived, and after teaming up with Barney, the bacaro adventure began. My food philosophy is simple – source the freshest, quality, local ingredients, and simply match them together – no messing around! I believe in letting the food speak for itself!

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Jonathan Moran - Bacaro Restaurant

Jonathan Moran

Joining the Bàcaro family from Manchester, England in 2017. Jonathan found himself on a very different path, away from his bachelor’s degree in Sports Science, to begin a career in the hospitality industry.

Starting out behind the bar of the local pub, he decided to step things up a notch by taking a job in one of Manchester’s busiest bars, from which he gained a great deal of knowledge and experience. In just a few short months of preparation, he felt he was ready to make an ambitious move to the Cayman Islands, to become a bartender here at Bàcaro. The journey did not end there, as exactly one year on, as an established member of the team, he became part of the management.

When Jonathan is not in the restaurant, he always manages to find time to play sport, you can find him out of the golf course, playing football, or riding round the roads of Cayman on his bike.

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József Rezek - Bacaro Restaurant

József Rezek

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Gregor Sauperl - Bacaro Restaurant

Gregor Sauperl

Gregor was born and raised in Maribor, Slovenia and from a very early age he’s been involved in the hospitality industry.

His journey began by attending Hotel Management School in Maribor, Slovenia first, and then in Villach, Austria, followed by an internship at the famous Bolero Restaurant in Hamburg, Germany, which lasted 4 years. The next step took him back to the homeland, where he worked as barista at the Drava Centre Resort.

With an ardent desire to visit other countries outside of Europe, in 2017 he applied for a job here at Bacaro and gladly found a place he now loves, Grand Cayman! Gregor is a guy of many hobbies, among his favorites there’s darts and playing guitar, especially with his friends at the beach under the stars…

He proudly claims to be quite good at making schnapps (home distilled alcohol, a family tradition) and we hope someday he’ll reveal one of his secret recipes.

He is also an experienced sailor and his lifetime dream is to sail around the world someday. After saying that, it’s not a surprise that Gregor’s favorite thing about working at Bacaro is the Yacht Club’s stunning view with the sleeping boats docked at sunset.

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Sher Singh Rathore - Bacaro Restaurant

Sher Singh Rathore

Sher was Born: Kukanwali, Rajasthan, India, he studied culinary school in India and trained in some of the most prestigious hotels such as the Intercontinental in Goa, and the Marriott in Jaipur. During 2 years living and working in Cayman, his impeccable cooking talent and great organizational skills gave chef Federico the confidence to hire him as sous chef at Bacaro, and what a great choice that was! Beside supervising the other chefs, he excels on the grill station, where many of the customer’s favorites are prepared; his signature dishes are ‘Rosemary lamb chops with sweet potato mash and mint demi glace’, and the highly acclaimed ‘Braised octopus with cauliflower puree’.

In his spare time, Sher loves to ride his motorbike around the island.His favorite thing about working at Bacaro? The view of the sail boats on his way to work, and mastering his cooking technique on the griddle.

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Edoardo Carraro - Bacaro Restaurant

Edoardo Carraro

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Saurabh Gurung - Bacaro Restaurant

Saurabh Gurung

Saurabh was born in Dehradun, Uttrakhand State, India, and studied at “Pusa” Hotel and Management Institute in Delhi; his culinary career began also in the Indian capital at “Travertino” Restaurant, inside the Oberoi Hotel, where he acquired a good knowledge in Italian cuisine, and then at the world famous “Le Cirque” in the Leela Hotel. In 2015 he decided to see more of the world and landed right here in Cayman, a place he fell in love with from the very first day! Here at Bacaro he can work with ease in pretty much every station, but his favorite place is behind the hot line, where he masterfully prepares mouthwatering dishes such as “Crispy lobster bites with saffron aioli” and “Seared jumbo scallops with local greens, cucumber, confit mini tomatoes and crispy bacon”. When he’s not working, Saurabh loves to play football (soccer) and his number one hobby is food photography. When asked about the favorite thing about working at Bacaro he replies: “The freedom of expression in the kitchen, and being able to propose new ideas”.

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Dhondie Baniqued - Bacaro Restaurant

Dhondie Baniqued

Dhondie was born in Manila, Philippines, in 2007 he made the hard and courageous choice to move abroad and find a good job which would help provide for his lovely wife Lorie and his children Claire, Louise, Riegn and Dean; not only did he find a good job, he also engaged in a career that over 10 years taught him an art! His unmatchable dedication and hard work were the foundations for a remarkable rise from the very bottom of the culinary chain, washing pots at Luca Restaurant, all the way up to being a very skilled line cook; these days Dudes is the guy who prepares many of Bacaro’s guests favorites, his signature dishes are “beetroot and potato gnocchi with peas, braised leek and Pecorino” and “chorizo stuffed calamari” amongst many others. In his spare time he loves to workout at the gym and play guitar. His favorite thing about Bacaro? The stunning and calming view of sail boats in the morning, and working with the ‘small plates concept”.

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Joana Bautista - Bacaro Restaurant

Joana Bautista

Joana was born in Poblacion, Philippines, and holds a bachelor of Science Hotel and Restaurant management.

After working her way up the culinary ladder for 5 years at “le Chef” Restaurant inside The Manor Hotel in Baguio, Philippines, she moved to Kuwait and worked the next six years at “Le Notre Paris”, in cold and pastry stations; it’s the latter one that had the bigger impact in shaping her career, and now she masters deserts like no one else! In early 2016 she moved to Cayman and worked for just over a year at Deckers Restaurant and grill, before joining the Bacaro Team. Just like most us, Joana loves many things about the island, the beaches, its friendly people and the layback lifestyle, but all of this still doesn’t stir her away from her main goal which is to one day open her own restaurant back home and build a dream house where she can raise her two beautiful children, Bejan and Iyanah.

With her talent and dedication to the job there’s no doubt she’ll achieve all of it very soon! In the meantime, we are extremely happy to have her working in our kitchen making our customers delighted with her signature dishes such as mango and Nutella crepes, passion fruit pannacotta, ricotta and raisin crumble pie and many others.

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Kelvin Anglo - Bacaro Restaurant

Kelvin Anglo

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Winston De Jesus - Bacaro Restaurant

Winston De Jesus

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Federico Cerchiari - Bacaro Restaurant

Federico Cerchiari

Fede was born in Uruguay and raised by his loving family in Costa Rica, surrounded by jungle and monkeys!

He moved to the Cayman Islands two and a half years ago and absolutely loves it! Before joining Bacaro he worked at the very successful Catch Restaurant, where he built an impressive reputation as bartender, and his hard work and dedication make us extremely proud to have now him on our team.

Beside attending bartending school, he also studied marine biology and expanded his knowledge in wine! The spare time is usually spent working on cars, doing water-sports and hanging out with his dog, Sky.

Gifted with the friendliest personality you can find, Fede absolutely enjoys entertaining and mixing delicious cocktails for large and small crowds! Some of his signature cocktails are Watermelon Mojito, Smoked Passion Fruit Margarita and the Great Bácaro Punch! What Fede loves Most about working at Bácaro…”the possibilities are limitless, and the people” Fun fact about Fede- His last haircut was 7 years ago!

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Valeria Ojeda - Bacaro Restaurant

Valeria Ojeda

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Fabio Origlia - Bacaro Restaurant

Fabio Origlia

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Phil Nabeel - Bacaro Restaurant

Phil Nabeel

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Cristal Pacibe - Bacaro Restaurant

Cristal Pacibe

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Ranjoe Fernandes - Bacaro Restaurant

Ranjoe Fernandes

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Reggie Noval - Bacaro Restaurant

Reggie Noval

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Jasmin Ochia - Bacaro Restaurant

Jasmin Ochia

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Andrea Williams - Bacaro Restaurant

Andrea Williams

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Carole Bedward - Bacaro Restaurant

Carole Bedward

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