Puerto Vallarta will Reign as Mexico’s Culinary Capital

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Puerto Vallarta will Reign as Mexico’s Culinary Capital with the 15th Annual Gourmet Festival November 12-22, 2009

NEW YORK – October 27, 2009 – Once again, Puerto Vallarta will reign as Mexico’s capital of culinary arts from November 12-22, 2009 with the 15th annual International Gourmet Festival. Over 25 restaurants will be participating in this year’s program with highly acclaimed guest chefs from Mexico and around the world. Foodies can enjoy special winemaker’s dinners; sample wine, cheese, and chocolate at special tastings take part in cooking demonstrations, and even partake in a culinary “safari” sampling special dishes at four restaurants in one evening.

Puerto Vallarta’s fine gastronomic scene has the ability to impress the most sophisticated palates. The city’s natural beauty is a source of inspiration for the creation of an exciting amalgam of flavors that blend traditional Mexican ingredients with contemporary tastes from around the globe.

In April 2009, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) awarded eight Puerto Vallarta restaurants with the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award, considered to be the most notable accolade a restaurant may receive, in recognition of their fine gastronomy, superior quality, cleanliness and service. Puerto Vallarta is considered home to the second best restaurant scene in Mexico, after Mexico City. You can also find the most exclusive and beautiful rentals in Puerto Vallarta.

Some of this year’s guest chefs include:

Enrique Olvera and Guillermo González Beristáin. Chef Olvera is owner of PUJOL, a restaurant in Mexico, City. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York State and has been recognized as “Chef of the year” by Catadores magazine, one of Mexico’s leading magazines dedicated to food and wine. He was also recognized in 2008 as one of the next 10 chef superstars by Food & Wine magazine.

Chef González Beristáin is also a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He is the owner of Pangea in Monterrey, Mexico, owns a brand of Mexican wine and was recognized by Catadores as one of the 10 best chefs in Mexico. Chefs Olvera and González Beristáin will be cooking at the avant-garde La Leche Restaurant.

Chef Casiano Reyes will be the guest chef at the more classic and award-winning Euro-Mediterranean restaurant Trio. Chef Reyes is the owner of Casianos No Menu, No Rules, often referred to as the best new restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California. A native of Oaxaca, Chef Reyes combines regional Mexican cooking with modern culinary techniques.