CAPTAIN, OSWALDO CRUZ – Mexico
Oswaldo fell in love with the Ocean during his time in the Mexican Navy. After completing his service, he spent ten years developing a specialist dive center in which he took Mexico’s elite on dive tours around the world. For several years he worked on many different shores including Canada, Egypt, and the Mediterranean. Oswaldo completed his RYA yacht-master training in the challenging waters around the UK, and in 2009 after moving to the BVI’s he met Chef Briar. They have been working side-by-side ever since. Oswaldo’s rich knowledge of the islands and witty sense of humor will ensure you have an unforgettable experience onboard BELLA VITA.
CHEF, BRIAR SMITH – New Zealand
Like many adventurous Kiwi’s, Briar left New Zealand to travel the world in her early 20’s. This led her to discover a passion for food & cooking. She trained as a travel agent and worked in the UK for several years, a computer programmer in the USA for 2 years and as an avid volunteer worker in Israel and the Galapagos. Throughout this time Briar developed her culinary skills which she has since complimented with a number of training courses in the UK as well as advanced courses at ‘Gastronomicom’ in the South of France which is a world-renowned Michelin starred International training academy. This training, her love for food of all cultures and experience in the galley has her effortlessly delivering a variety of cuisines with amazingly full flavors. All dishes are presented with flair and elegance. Briar’s enthusiasm for food and people will win you over and her attention to detail will ensure that your vacation aboard BELLA VITA is perfect.
CHIEF STEWARDESS, Amanda Weyers - South African
Amanda was born and raised in a loving Christian home in South Africa. Her decision to spend her life in the service of others started as a professional butler and manager for the Ritz Carlton, where she mastered the art of her duties. Then her love of travel moved her onto yachts where she quickly became the Chief Stewardess. Amanda has had the privilege of working closely with many high end clients and Royal families. She enjoys her job and uses her knowledge to give Bella Vita clients an unforgettable and memorable experience.
*Additional crew are selected as required for charters*
CHEF BRIAR CRUZ - Sample menu
Breakfast Daily selection of freshly made muffins, pastries and a fresh fruit platter Daily, Eggs to order - made to your liking
Daily specials Cinnamon raisin French Toast stuffed with banana slices and topped with banana sauce and crispy bacon Eggs Benedict served with a chive hollandaise sauce Corn fritters topped with Smoked Salmon, capers and lemon cream cheese Baked Portobello mushroom topped with 3 cheeses, poached egg Bacon and egg filo pie Eggs en cocotte
Lunches Freshly made Artisan bread served daily Jerk seasoned Mahi mahi served with a caprese salad Flank steak salad drizzle with ravigote sauce Chicken caesar salad Spaghetti aglio e olio Gambas phil phil Sea bass with braised celery hearts and picada sauce Lobster salad sandwich Grilled pork on top of a Greek feta cheese couscous salad
Dinner Served with warm bread rolls
Starters Shrimp and asparagus risotto Corn Vichyssoise Summer terrine with pickled vegetables Tuna Carpaccio with a seaweed salad, Tomato gazpacho Mixed Sushi platter Lobster ravioli with a brown butter sauce
Main Courses French trimmed lamb rack served with roasted vegetables, potato dauphinoise, lamb jus and mint Caviar Herb crusted grouper on a bed of green beans and almond gremolata Pan roasted Duck served with a tangy orange sauce, fresh vegetable and baby new potatoes Messina style sword3ish Penang chicken curry with basmati rice Stuffed chicken served with beans and wilted spinach Fillet steak and jumbo shrimps, with ravigote sauce, fresh greens
Desserts Chocolate tart, pistachio sugar shard, raspberry coulis Red wine Poached Pear tart topped with glazed roasted almond slivers Vanilla Cream Brûlée served with a sugared shortbread biscuit Almond Semifreddo Oreo based vanilla cheese cake topped with fresh berries and a mango salsa Pavlova served with passion fruit salsa, lemon cream and fruit crisps
BELLA VITA Standard Bar Menu
Kim Crawford Savignon Blanc (NZ) Charles Smith Chardonnay (Washington) Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio (Italy) Sparkling Santa Margarita Prosecco (Italy)
Rose Saint Andre Cotes de provence Magali (France)
Red Wine Marques de casa Concha (Chile) Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
Spirits Vodka - Absolut Tequila - Herradura reposada Tequila (Silver) - Jose Cuervo Gin - Beefeater Rum (Gold) - Mount Gay Rum (Spiced) - Captain Morgans Rum (Dark) - Myers Whiskey - Crown Royal