AUTÓKTONO’s mission is to work in partnership with other cooks and empower them to transform their communities and create a positive impact in people’s lives and the world. Our philosophy is rooted in the following principles:
1. Protecting and respecting our natural resources
2. Protecting cultural identity and culinary heritage
3. Promoting research and innovation based on indigenous ingredients
4. Educating and transferring culinary wealth
5. Protecting and enhancing the social; economic; environmental; health; nutrition, and well-being of the local destination.
To build sustainable community food systems, we will train, transform and empower our cooks to become agents of transformation in their communities.
Chef Ambassador of Costa Rica’s National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy
RANDY SILES, Co-Founder
Randy Siles Leandro is the first Ambassador of the National Plan for Costa Rican Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy, celebrity chef and restaurateur, entrepreneur, speaker, educator, mentor and humanitarian.
Randy’s gastronomic identity focuses on the study, research and conservation of the ancestral ingredients and techniques of Costa Rican cuisine and unearthing products that are not used. The objective is to maintain the essence of the raw material and highlight the local culinary identity in each creation. His culinary philosophy is based on an innovative cuisine with Costa Rican identity and the concept of “Zero Kilometer” cooking. Expertise, creativity, emotions, imagination and passion are fused with ingredients, flavors, colors, textures and aromas to create a storytelling masterpiece on each plate, or as Randy calls it, “Author’s Cuisine”.
Randy Siles is the creator and owner of OS Restaurant in Santa Teresa de Cóbano. Setting a new trend in Costa Rica, OS becomes the first restaurant in the Nicoya Peninsula Blue Zone presenting innovative cuisine with national identity under the philosophy of Costa Rica’s National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy. He is the cofounder of Autóktono – a digital platform empowering cooks to transform communities through sustainable and healthy gastronomy with the goal of developing sustainable community food systems. He is also the founder of the “Academia Artesanos de la Gastronomía”, a nonprofit organization with the mission of identifying, training, developing and facilitating job placement for talented youth with limited economic resources and opportunities into the labor market of the gastronomic-hotel sector.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- Inducted into the Disciples d’Escoffier International in France, 2019
- Inducted in the prestigious Les Toques Blanches International Club in France, becoming the first Latin American chef to receive this prestigious recognition, 2018
- Showcased Costa Rican gastronomy at the three-star Michelin Restaurant Christophe Bacquié, becoming the first tico chef to cook in the company of prestigious French Michelin-starred chefs, 2018
- Named Ambassador Chef for Costa Rica of the prestigious Cook & Chef Institute, 2018
- Named among “Central America’s most creative” in 2017 and 2018 by Forbes Magazine–Central America.
- Named among the world’s top 50 chefs by the 2017 Miami Food and Wine Festival, next to acclaimed Italian Chef Massimo Bottura and the legendary Japanese “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto.
- First Latin American chef to participate in the New York Times Travel Show, 2018
- Named first chef Ambassador of the National Plan for Costa Rican Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy, 2015
CARLOS A. CORIANO
Integrated Marketing & Brand Strategy | Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
CARLOS A. CORIANO, Co-Founder
Carlos A. Coriano is a social entrepreneur specialized in developing and implementing integrated marketing strategies, competitive strategy and brand strategy. Founder of NovaVision Marketing, Carlos has more than 20 years of combined experience in business ownership and management, academia and research, writing, and publication in the tourism and travel, hospitality, gastronomy and wellness industries.
His passion for marketing, gastronomy and sustainability developed during his professional career that includes managerial and executive positions in leading companies within the travel and hospitality industry such as Virgin Atlantic Airways and Island Outpost – an exclusive chain of boutique hotels in Jamaica and The Bahamas created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell which is renowned for its sustainability, social responsibility and commitment to offer locally grown foods.
In the field of integrated marketing strategy consulting, Carlos has worked with renowned chefs and prestigious hotels in Latin America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Atlantic including Casa del Mar Beach, Golf & Spa Resort in Cabo San Lucas, which won the prestigious award “One to One Impact Award” by Peppers & Rogers in the customer strategy category; Chef Raúl Correa in Puerto Rico, nominated for “People’s Best New Chef 2013” by Food & Wine magazine, and Parador Resort & Spa in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, winner of the prestigious Platinum level Adrian Award as “Leader in Sustainable Tourism” from the HSMAI and the National Geographic Traveler.
Carlos is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the School of Business of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in Orlando, FL. In the field of research, Carlos has authored and co-authored articles and reports for the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) and the world’s leading market intelligence agency, Mintel. He is also a contributing writer for the global consulting firm, Thrive Global – a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform aimed at changing the way we work and live, founded and directed by Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post.
Carlos is a graduate of New York University, with an M.S. in Integrated Marketing and recipient of the prestigious Richard V. Benson Memorial Scholarship awarded to entering students who demonstrate the highest potential for leadership in the field of direct and interactive marketing, and an M.S. in Tourism Management with a concentration in customer relationship management (CRM). He is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York.
Carlos is passionate about cooking at home and its impact on health, well-being and local sustainable food systems. He is an avid traveler, having visited over 25 countries and enjoys experiencing culture through local food.
KENNETH L. KARPLUK
Sales & Marketing Strategist
Social Entrepreneur | Sales & Marketing | Key Account Development | Sales Territory Management
KENNETH L. KARPLUK, Sales & Marketing Strategist
Kenneth L. Karpluk is a sales and marketing entrepreneur known for delivering strong and sustainable revenue and profit gains in highly competitive markets. Kenneth combines his 30+ years in B2B sales and marketing expertise with his in-depth experience in key account development and sales territory management, and customer acquisition and retention through account penetration and customer relationship management.
In his latest business venture, Kenneth invested in and launched the first-of-its-kind Paola Cavalli Concept Store — a Colombian women’s and girls’ leather shoes, handbags and accessories brand focused on sustainability and social responsibility – located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His expertise in the Russian market led him to develop a marketing plan for Russian entrepreneurs interested in launching eco-tourism and wilderness adventure tours.
Kenneth held a number of sales and marketing executive positions at Burroughs Corporation, later merged into Standard Register Company, a recognized leader in document management services serving over half of the Fortune 100, 22 of the top 25 financial services institutions, 100 of the top 150 healthcare integrated delivery networks (IDNs), and 62% of U.S. hospitals. His account portfolio included Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, AIG Insurance Group, Hilton Hotels International, New York Hospital, The Michael Weinstein Restaurant Group, Teamsters Union Local 37, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, and American Home Products.
Kenneth was responsible for coordinating a strategic marketing alliance with American Airlines, which secured Burroughs Corporation as the airline’s vendor of choice for all Sabre related business forms and supplies. Through this alliance, Kenneth introduced all Burroughs products to all Caribbean Sabre accounts with specialized sales training seminars in New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Kenneth was the recipient of the Million $ Club – sales recognition award; Legion of Honor – top 1% in national sales performance for five years, and 100 Plus Club – top 1% in national sales performance for four years.
Kenneth holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Economics from the State University of New York at Albany. He is fluent in English and Spanish, conversant in Russian. An avid traveler, Kenneth has visited over 40 countries.