Masters Of Food & Wine Celebrates Last Year In Carmel , Global Expansion

Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel announces that the 21st Annual Masters of Food & Wine, February 22-25, 2007, will be the last one held in Carmel. Having experienced tremendous success over the past two decades, Global Hyatt plans to expand the concept to other culinary capitals worldwide in an effort to create more opportunities for celebrated chefs and winemakers to collaborate and to attract food and wine connoisseurs to other notable Hyatt locations.

"We have welcomed the world's leading chefs and winemakers to Carmel for 20 years, and we've invited the best of those participants back to celebrate our fantastic run," said Robert Weakley, Executive Food & Beverage Director, Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel. "This year's Masters in Carmel will certainly be the most memorable to date - an unparalleled gastronomic paradise - and we're excited about kicking off a global expansion."

Often referred to as the "Oscars of culinary festivals," the Masters provides guests with a rare chance to mingle with celebrity chefs and winemakers pouring rare vintages in a very intimate setting.

The 2007 chef roster includes local favorites with an impressive collection of accolades, including seven Michelin stars among them: Gary Danko and Michael Mina, who have eponymous restaurants in San Francisco, David Kinch of Manresa, Richard Reddington of REDD, Mark Ayers of Pacific's Edge, Douglas Keane of Cyrus, Cal Stamenov of Bernardus Lodge and Charles Phan of Slanted Door. Noted Chicago-based culinary talents include Rick Tramonto of TRU and Grant Achatz of Alinea. Wylie Dufresne and Alex Stupak of WD~50, Gina DePalma of Babbo, Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York, and Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park will join from New York City . Internationally acclaimed chef Michel Richard, from Citronelle in Washington , D.C. , and New Orleans star, Susan Spicer of Herbsaint/Bayona, will also be in attendance along with Herve Fucho of Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita.

21st Annual Masters of Food & Wine events include:
Opening Night Reception - one of the most popular events of the festival, featuring 14 world-renowned chefs preparing signature dishes, and wines from more than 60 leading wineries
Two Five-Course Lunches and Two Six-Course Dinners - featuring sumptuous dishes, each prepared by a different celebrity chef and paired with the finest wines from around the world
Six Vertical Wine Tastings - top winemakers and master sommeliers provide tastings from the most prominent wineries
Five Cooking Demonstrations - award-winning and internationally acclaimed chefs share their skills in a comfortable, interactive setting
Closing Reception - a sensational bounty prepared by 10 talented chefs and paired with 20 of the wine estates featured throughout the weekend

A highlight of Park Hyatt Carmel's festival is the exclusive 10th Anniversary Rarities Dinner, an over-the-top, nine-course meal prepared by three of the top participating chefs. Three wines are paired with each course, selected from 27 of the most extraordinary bottles. The black-tie dinner takes place at Villa de Cova, a private home perched atop rocky cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just outside Carmel . The event is limited to 24 guests, with individual tickets priced at $5,000.

To kick off the international expansion, Park Hyatt Mendoza in Argentina is hosting the Masters of Food & Wine South America, February 15-18, 2007. Mendoza is recognized as one of the world's eight great wine capitals. Several events will take place in the city's internationally acclaimed restaurants and wineries, as well as at wine lodges located in the vineyards and foothills of the Andes Mountains . Park Hyatt Mendoza has confirmed distinguished chefs from Park Hyatt's own kitchens and celebrated chefs from the Americas and Europe .

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