Chef Dino Jagtiani became the first St. Maarten-born son to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in 1994. In 2002, after working at the 5 star Le Meridien, Waldorf in London, Chef Dino returned to, St. Maarten to open Temptation, which rocketed to the top of the island’s dynamic dining scene, winning “Best High End” by the local population in The Daily Herald readers poll 14 years in a row (and still counting). In February 2005, Bon Appetit magazine called Temptation ….
Chef Dino Jagtiani has received many accolades through the years, such as two gold medals at the Taste of the Caribbean competition as well as having Bon Appetit Magazine putting his cuisine in the top ten in the Caribbean. Awaken your taste buds and dine with history.
With over 100 wines from all over the world, Emilio's extensive wine list will delight any connoisseur and enhance any meal with incredible pairings.
Emilio's is located inside the brand new Rainforest Adventure Park which boasts a wonderful museum and the best spot to view the island from atop their observation decks. Spend a full day zip-lining and partaking in all of their activities and finish off with a visit to Emilio to relax and refuel.
Emilio’s is named in honor of Emilio Wilson, deceased owner of the Estate where we are located, Industry and Golden Rock Estates. Emilio was the Grand son of Henriette or Big Mamie as Emilio called her. Big Mamie was a slave on the plantation. Emilio worked on the plantation doing various jobs ranging from Milking Cows to picking rocks. In 1954, he bought the plantation for $8,200. He was a kind and strong character and is considered a hero and symbol of the strength and determination of the Afro Caribbean man.Emilio’s is located within the walls of the plantation’s Sugar Cane Boiling house. With the destruction of the Estate’s Great House (now a museum) in 1995 by Hurricane Luis, the boiling house became Emilio’s home – so the good energy you feel from these 17th century walls, it is Emilio proudly looking down at his legacy being celebrated.