Natasha Olivera

Chef / Director of Culinary,

Viva Hospitality

Chef Natasha Olivera, esteemed Director of Culinary at Viva Hospitality. Chef Tash has left an indelible mark on the culinary world with her passion for gastronomy and an artistic flair that transcends the plate. Originally from South Africa, Chef Tash made her way to the historic city of St. Augustine in 2012. Her culinary journey began at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, where she honed her skills and developed a deep appreciation for farm-to-table cuisine. But Chef Tash’s talents extend beyond the kitchen—she also holds a degree from The Cape Wine Academy and studied Fine Arts at Rhodes in Grahamstown, South Africa. If you’ve ever savored one of Chef Tash’s creations, you know that her dishes are more than just food—they’re works of art. Her attention to detail, innovative flavor combinations, and exquisite plating elevate every meal to a sensory experience. Whether it’s a delicate amuse-bouche or a hearty main course, Chef Tash’s culinary prowess shines through. Before assuming her role at Viva Hospitality, Chef Tash embarked on a culinary odyssey. She sailed the high seas as a chef on private yachts, tantalized taste buds as a personal chef for a Hollywood producer in LA and San Diego, and co-founded City Bistro, Tea House & Coffee Co. Her diverse experiences have shaped her into the dynamic leader she is today. Chef Tash believes in the power of collaboration. She thrives on building tight-knit teams of chefs and cooks who share her passion. Together, they create culinary magic, pushing boundaries and delighting guests with every dish. In a traditionally male-dominated industry, Chef Tash stands tall—a trailblazer who inspires others to follow their culinary dreams. Chef Natasha Olivera’s journey—from South Africa’s wine country to the vibrant culinary scene of St. Augustine—is a testament to her unwavering dedication. Her artistry, work ethic, and commitment to excellence make her a force to be reckoned with. So, the next time you dine at Michael’s Restaurant, La Nouvelle, or Pesca Vilano, remember that you’re savoring the creations of a true culinary visionary. Bon appétit!