Four Season Resort Punta Mita celebrates successful sixth annual culinary and golf extravaganza welcoming more than 500 guests and Punta Mita residents
Punta Mita, México, — Located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, in conjunction with The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, DINE (master developer of Punta Mita), and the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Bureau, announces the successful conclusion of the sixth edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic. As part of the four-day extravaganza held January 28–31, 150 participants played in the Punta Mita Cup, a two-day golf tournament held on Punta Mita’s two prestigious Jack Nicklaus signature courses, Punta Mita Bahia and Punta Mita Pacifico.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita played host to exhilarating culinary events and dinners including the lively Punta Mita Iron Chef competition, hosted by James Tahhan of Telemundo fame. The competition offered a remarkable display of culinary mastery from Chef Carlos Gaytan, the first Mexican chef to be awarded a Michelin star, and Edgar Nuñez, Sud 777 – one of the top 50 restaurants in Latin America. The spirited competition continued as Mica Rousseau, renowned mixologist at Fifty Mils at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico DF competed against the team atFour Seasons Resort Punta Mita showcasing innovative cocktails and colourful libations. Other featured events included Sweet Temptations by Paulina Abascal, Private Chef’s Table, and the Pre-Hispanic Experience, a culinary session focusing on ancient cooking techniques and ingredients.
“For the sixth year in a row, the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic unfolded as the premier culinary and golf event in the Riviera Nayarit,” said John O’Sullivan, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. “The incredible turnout year after year inspires our team to continue to create an unforgettable experience by working with our partners to bring together an impressive group of culinary and golf talent from around the world. We look forward to welcoming our loyal guests and new attendees at next year’s event.”
The extravaganza kicked off on Thursday, January 28 with the Aeromexico & Delta Airlines Opening Cocktail hosted at Sea Breeze Beach Club, where participant chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, tequila masters, guest and craft brewers welcomed guests with culinary delights and elixirs. Participants were delighted with an artisanal Mexican food market, 13 live gourmet stations, and music from renowned French DJ Roman Rosati. The event was led by talented guest chefs Abraham Salum, Felipe Donnelly, Andrew Ormsby, Diane DiMeo, Dean Fearing, Thierry Blouet, Alfredo Villanueva, Montse Estruch, Daniel Ovadía, Maru Botana, and resort chefs José Meza Gabriel Kolofon and Erick Ramos. The cocktail reception concluded with a Champagne ritual and fireworks.
On the mornings of Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30 the Punta Mita Cup was held on the two stunning Jack Nicklaus courses, with live food and beverage stations throughout featuring the opportunity to win a Porsche Boxter S PDK 016 when hitting a hole in one at the 17th hole of the beachfront Pacifico golf course. The exciting two-day competition featured three categories of two-player teams – ladies, men’s and mixed division. This year’s winners included: former soccer player and Fox Sports TV anchor Alberto García Aspe and Pedro Solis in the men’s division, Margaret Osberg and Sherry Evershed in the women’s category, and Hugo van Belle and famed culinary and lifestyle connoisseur Deby Beard in the mixed set. Winners of the golf tournament also enjoyed other exciting prizes such as a two roundtrip international flights for two, to any Delta destination worldwide.
“We are really heartened by the overwhelming response for the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, which has become a favourite for many Punta Mita homeowners and guests, who every year, look forward to a full weekend extravaganza of exquisite cuisine, wonderful wines, camaraderie and championship golf; making Punta Mita the Mecca for personalised service and timeless luxury,” said Andres Rossetto, managing director of Punta Mita Development.
This year, Golf Digest presented an exclusive golf clinic by professional golfer Craig Stadler, offering guests the rare opportunity to meet the legendary pro golfer, who has won numerous tournaments at both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour Level, and learn about some of his tips and techniques.
To conclude the memorable four-day event, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita hosted The Closing Dinner under the stars at Las Cuevas Beach featuring a star lineup of top Mexican chefs and the culinary team of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, as well as interactive live cooking stations, tequila, mezcal, raicilla and regional Mexican wines, followed by homage and gift presentation to guest Chefs Abraham Salum and Richard Sandoval, recognising their longstanding involvement with the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic since the inaugural event in 2011. Professional bartenders Sebastian Bisignano and Juan Pablo Santiago illuminated the closing dinner with an impressive display of interactive mixology.
“Punta Mita, Mexico´s most exclusive development and the best address in the Riviera Nayarit, once again stands out with the VI edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf. With these types of events, the ‘glamorous peninsula’ of the Riviera Nayarit continues to be the benchmark for its positioning in the luxury segment endorsed by the recent 2016 Golden Travvy Award Best Beach Luxury Destination in México,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.
For the fourth consecutive year, the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic supports Ayudar Es Posible, the foundation of acclaimed former professional Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa, which supports underprivileged children through educational programs, sports, healthy living, and self-esteem seminars. The auction, featuring exclusive experiences, luxury products, and overnight stays at St. Regis and Four Seasonshotels and resorts worldwide, is still live online until February 15.
The VI American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic played host to a remarkable list of guest chefs invited by Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, including: Abraham Salum of Komali; Michelin starred Montse Estruch of El Cingle, Spain; Diane DiMeo of Hook & Cleaver; Felipe Donnelly of Comodo; Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant; Andrew Ormsby of Andrew Ormsby Catering; Maru Botana of Siempre Dulce; Carlos Gaytan of Mexique; James Tahhan of Venezuela; and Richard Sandoval, chef of multiple restaurants around the world specializing in Latin cuisine. Mexican gastronomy was represented by the talented chefs Daniel Ovadía of Paxia; Alfredo Villanueva of Romero y Azahar; Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes Group; Edgar Nuñez of Sud777; Josefina Santa Cruz of Dumas Gourmet; Edgar Kano of Four Seasons Hotel Mexico DF; The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s Executive Chef Gabriel Kolofon, Chef José Meza, Chef Erick Ramos and Pastry Chefs Paulina Abascal and Noe Navarro; and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Executive Chef Philippe Piel, Chef Hector Leyva, Chef Ramón Bramasco, Chef José Salas, and Pastry Chef Edgar Ortega.
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