Chef Darwin’s Philosophy: Experimentation is the base of his creative work. It is a constant search in which a main ingredient is revalved while rescuing it’s simplicity when surrounded by others that help highlight its presence, creating an experience in which a surprise element is added to moderated flavors. A small explosion, starting from diversity, each creation finds its own balance

Darwin’s cuisine is the result of Passion; It’s the reflection of his personality and energy materialized in each
creation ready to touch people’s sensitivity. It is a travel experience with a starting point that includes the
spices and smells which have marked his memories. An adventure that starts a new each day in a creative
process inspired by everything that surrounds it.
Chef Darwin respects the purity of every ingredients. Besides his vast knowledge of French Food, he incor-
porates the inborn taste of Peruvian Cuisine.
Darwin Santa Maria, chef/owner at Darwin Evolutionary Cuisine, is the former founder of Darwin Brewing
Co and Selva Grill, known for authentic Peruvian specialties such as ceviche, and his special techniques with
seafood and beef. He brings his original recipes with him to Darwin Evolutionary Cuisine along with a new
concept he’s excited about, which he calls “Kitchen without borders”.
Born in the jungles of Peru, Chef Santa Maria came to America at the age 13, first to Miami, then to Sarasota
for his last years of high school. He returned to Miami to attend Johnson & Wales culinary college. He and
his wife Lellys Santa Maria decided it was time to open Darwin Evolutionary Cuisine he has the venue to
share the perfect blend of urban, local and global with Sarasota in an intimate and comfortable upscale
setting just south of Tamiami Trail Sarasota.

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