World famous celebrity chefs brought the heat to Blue



CANCUN, Mexico, September 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Blue Diamond Resorts successfully concluded its first annual edition Food + Drink Experience at Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun all inclusive for adults only. Seventeen celebrity chefs and eleven world-class mixologists and sommeliers provided endless entertainment during the seven-day event, offering guests the exclusive opportunity to experience world-renowned culinary excellence.

Gathered in picturesque Cancun in the Mexican Caribbean, guests discovered a diverse palette of culinary offerings from renowned chefs Aarón Sánchez, Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe, Ted Reader, Dean Max, Cindy Hutson, Rick Moonen, Bernard Guillas, Tim Grandinetti, Debbie Gold, Jorge Valencia, Federico Lopez, Reyna García, Zaraida Fernandez, Rosalia Chay Chuc and the talented executive chefs of Blue Diamond Resorts Alfredo Romero, Freddy Chi and Carlo Magno. With a good meal comes the perfect pairing of drinks, and several talented mixologists and sommeliers have shown up for the task, including David Araya, Edson Frikitiki Arzate, Alejandro Perez, Eliu Salazar, Brandon Orozco, Federico Moreno, Jaime Basauri Alvarado, Gerson Soriano Cruz, Joaquín Torres, Javier Toledo and Emanuel Micieli.

The Food + Drink experience kicked off with welcome feelings from Jordi Pelfort, President of Hotels and Resorts at Sunwing Travel Group, followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially marking the start of the week-long event. Between Chef Rosalia’s traditional Recado Negro recipe, Ted Reader’s Beach Burger Bar and Poutinerie, Edson Frikitiki Arzate’s interactive mixology sessions and Signature Pairing Dinner with Chefs Dean Max and Debbie Gold on the first day of the Food + Drink Experience was a successful start and a sign of what was to come – a breathtaking experience. As the week progressed, guests were treated to interactive cooking demonstrations from Jorge Valencia, Federico Lopez and Rick Moonen, tasted southern cuisine from Tim Grandinetti and plant-based meatballs from Zaraida Fernandez, a shared Cindy Hutson’s love for traditional Cuban cuisine and learned the key to classic American BBQ with Ray “Dr. Lamp BBQ”, and much more.

To wet the palate, event sommeliers guide guests through intimate tastings of some of Spain and Mexico’s finest grape varieties, and delve into the complex world of mountain and boutique wines, while mixology Extraordinaires wowed the guests with their unique creations and explained the tips to them. and cocktail preparation tips. Throughout the week, ten of the Cancun-Riviera Maya area’s top mixologists and bartenders took part in the first-ever Mexican Caribbean Tiki Mixology Competition to present their take on a Tiki cocktail. After several laps witnessing unlimited creativity, it was Ramón Celis Esquivel who won over the judges with his “Krakatoa” cocktail infused with flavors of coconut, saramuyo fruit and allspice syrup.

The celebrations continued into the night as event attendees enjoyed lavish after-hours themed evenings throughout the week with live music and energetic sets from the resident DJ of the Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun.

“Connecting Blue Diamond Resorts’ passion for food and beverage with the world’s best culinary talents has resulted in an indescribable guest experience and memories that will last a lifetime,” said Erik Peters, Director of Food and drinks from Blue Diamond Resorts. “Epic cooking demonstrations and non-stop entertainment ignited all the senses in this first edition of the Food + Drink Experience. “

Blue Diamond Resorts were delighted to welcome HB S-Delli as the main sponsor of the Food + Drink experience, alongside key sponsors Encore, Pilsa and Front of House. Special thanks to Caribe Mexicano and many others for their support and participation in the inaugural event.

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About Blue Diamond resorts
Since its creation in 2011, Blue Diamond Complexes has curated an impressive portfolio of 45 properties, exceeding 15,000 rooms in ten countries. Taking a proactive approach to differentiating brands based on the demands of each market, the resort management company caters to a range of budgets and interests, from stylish adults-only getaways to fun family vacations. Award-winning All-In Luxury® Luxury resorts in Royalton offers exclusive amenities including All-In Connectivity â„¢, a Modern Sporting Event Guarantee â„¢ and wellness features in the suite. Royalton Luxury Resorts adult-only sub-brands include Hiding place in Royalton, an adults-only experience with exclusive restaurants and preferred accommodations, as well as stylish lifestyle resorts, Royalton CHIC, located in the best beachfront locations of the Caribbean. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril offers people over the age of 21 a high-end and luxurious naturist vacation as well as a secluded shoreline for maximum privacy. Souvenirs Resorts & Spa offers vacations designed to wow the whole family, with a popular kids’ club featuring famous themed characters, Toopy and Binoo â„¢, while Starfish Resorts delivers incredible value to customers in convenient locations. Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star â„¢ with an engaging and interactive experience, as well as famous pop culture articles from iconic movies, music and sports. Mystic of Royalton, a collection of boutique-style resorts, offers personalized vacations in strikingly beautiful locals full of endless adventure.

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About Royalton Luxury Resorts
Embodying modern elegance, award-winning Royalton Luxury Resorts offer All-In Luxury® vacations to some of the world’s most popular tropical destinations, including Antigua, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Mexico, Cuba and Grenada. Boasting a range of world-class all-inclusive features including the premium, handcrafted DreamBed â„¢, unlimited luxury dining without reservations, a sporting event guarantee â„¢ and more. Many resorts cater to families as well as couples, with cutting-edge supervised activities for children and teens offered at no additional cost, combined with family-friendly accommodation and dining options.

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