Chef Fabrice Prochasson, president of the Académie Culinaire de France, recently visited the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya in preparation for the North American conference of the Maitres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France) and Academie Culinaire de France (AFC) in 2017. During the visit, Prochasson met with Michel Mustiere, Executive Chef of Grand Velas Riviera Maya, among other event organizers to plan for the event, which will be held for the first time in Mexico. The Congress will bring together more than 100 of the most prestigious chefs from the United States, Canada and Mexico from June 17 to 21.
While in Mexico, Prochasson enjoyed the hospitality in the destination and was particularly impressed by the quality and warmth of service at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. He also showed interest in the ingredients and new techniques used by the resort’s Frida restaurant, remarking that understandably Mexican cuisine is recognized as a “cultural heritage of humanity” by Unesco. After tasting Mezcal and Mexican wines, he commented on the exciting surprise to his palate.
Inspired by the cuisine, he said that he will place special emphasis on Mexican cuisine going forward. He applauded Chef Mustiere and Cozumel’s Chef Philippe Fournier, both Master Chefs of France (MCF), and their efforts to encourage Mexico’s youth through competitions and high profile international opportunities.
When told about the resort’s Best of Mexico Riviera Maya which brings together five of the best Mexican chefs – Zahie Téllez, Carlos Gaytan, Francisco Ruano, Mikel Alonso and Ricardo de la Vega – next month for a 10-course tasting menu complimentary for resort guests, Prochasson applauded the Vela family for offering this world class event showcasing Mexican cuisine.
After dining at the resort’s French fine-dining restaurant Piaf, Prochasson proudly stressed that he seldom finds a restaurant so representative of French cuisine, congratulating Chef Mustiere on the design of the restaurant, romantic atmosphere and creativity of the dishes, all of which are world class.
To finish, he offered his unconditional support for the North American Joint Congress of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and the Culinary Academy of France.
Chef Fabrice Prochasson is global President of the Academy of France and also trainer of the French culinary team for the world cup named Bocuse de Oro after the legendary Paul Bocuse. In 1996, he was elected as one of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the maximum culinary recognition in France. In addition, he has acted as France’s head chef for a variety of culinary teams and events worldwide including the Olympic Games.
About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
Set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults only oceanfront, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L’Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Xavier Pérez Stone, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region’s largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen’s Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and several other magazines and major companies worldwide. This year, the resort entered TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years in addition to the Signature Spa being awarded “Best Luxury Resort Spa-The Americas” at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts. For more or more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, please visit http://rivieramaya.grand