Grand Velas Riviera Maya Selected to Host North American Joint Congress of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France & Académie Culinaire de France in 2017


The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya will host the annual North American conference for the Maitres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France) and Academie Culinaire de France (AFC) in 2017. The event will bring together more than 100 of the most prestigious chefs from the United States, Canada and Mexico to the country for the first time from June 17 to 21. The Executive Chef of Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Michel Mustiere, and Chef Philippe Fournier, both Master Chefs of France (MCF), will host the annual conference. Both organizations share a common goal of promoting the culinary and pastry arts of France and carrying on the great French traditions. 

The meeting's discussions will include new culinary trends, support of culinary education, and participation in the world’s top gastronomic competitions. The organization’s Best Chef of the Year will also be named. Members of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France are all French nationals. Selected by their peers, they are regarded as the most highly skilled in techniques and execution of the French culinary arts. These maestros, all trained at Michelin star-caliber institutions, are reshaping modern French cuisine in America. Members of the Académie de France include all nationalities, and welcome professionals from the entire food and beverage industry. American delegations of both groups chose the Riviera Maya to host the next gastronomic meeting this past month when they met at their annual congress in San Diego, California. “It will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the flavors of Mexican cuisine and Mexico’s position in the vanguard of international cuisine,” said Chef Mustiere. “Attending chefs will experience the best of regional cuisine, culture and the natural beauty of the region.” 

Leading chefs in these organizations include Daniel Boulud, Jerome Ferrer and Eric Ripert among many others. Late last year, MCF Chefs Christian Têtedoie, Claude Le-Tohic, Claude Godard and Mustière joined together to present a 10-course culinary experience complimentary for guests of Grand Velas Riviera Maya setting the stage for the upcoming congress. For more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, visit 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.


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