ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Food is the heart of Mexican culture. The country’s cuisine has a rich history inspired by a fusion of cultural influences. Join us and renowned celebrity chefs as we honor the authentic flavors of Mexico.

Enjoy exclusive access to private, gourmet events at four luxury resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Unique culinary experiences at host resorts include cooking classes with executive chefs, artisan mezcal and tequila tastings, beer-making classes, themed gourmet dinners and more.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SEPT
26
La Catrina: Cuisine & Couture

 Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa   |    8 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Inspired by La Catrina, the female icon associated with the Day of the Dead, this night combines the arts of food and fashion. Savor the flavors of Chef Lalo Plascencia, a leading expert of Mexican cuisine, as designer Eder Sotelo Millan presents his La Catrina collection on the catwalk.
SEPT
27
Seafood Festival

 Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun  |    6:30 P.M. – 10 P.M.
Voted one of the best beaches in the world by the Travel Channel, Maroma Beach hosts Chef Josefina Santacruz and Chef Sergio Camacho. Enjoy fresh, local delicacies of the sea prepared with a Mexican flair.
SEPT
28
Flavors of the Yucatan Beer Festival

 Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya   |    5 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Citrus, habaneros, smoke – taste the regional flavors of Mexico prepared by Top Chef Mexico Judge, Juantxo Sanchez. Dinner will be complemented with a selection of over 50 types of beer, including 15 regional craft beers. Mariachi bands and live dance performances complete the sense of place.
SEPT
29
Gala Dinner

 Secrets The Vine Cancun  |    7 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Begin the night with an artisan tequila and mezcal tasting followed by a 6-course gala dinner prepared by Chef Josefina Santacruz, Chef Lalo Plascencia and Chef Sergio Camacho. Plus, be there for the special unveiling of AMResorts' own Mexican wine.
CELEBRITY CHEF SPOTLIGHT

CHEF JUANTXO SANCHEZ

Chef Juantxo Sanchez is best known for his role as a judge on Top Chef Mexico. In 2005, he was awarded Chef of the Year by Five Star Diamond, and the San Pascual Bailon Award from the American Association of Hospitality in 2011. Sanchez is currently the owner of Le Basque in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.
CHEF JOSEFINA SANTACRUZ

Chef Josefina Santacruz is the host of multiple cooking shows on the elgourmet.com channel. While working as the Executive Chef at Pámpano, it was rated the Best Mexican Restaurant in Manhattan. She is a chef/part owner of Dumas Gourmet, Sesame and Paprika, located in Mexico City.
CHEF LALO PLASCENCIA

Chef Lalo Plascencia is an ambassador of Mexican cuisine through the founding of research institutions, lecturing as a professor at multiple universities, curating cookbooks and more. Also known as a "social media chef," Lalo's #1000tacos2015 experiment became the largest collection of information about tacos, the iconic dish of Mexico.
CHEF SERGIO CAMACHO

Chef Sergio is best known for his television series, Menu of Ideas, and hosting shows on the elgourmet.com channel. Trained by two world renowned chefs, Chef Ferrán Adria and Chef Juan Mari Arzak, he is considered one of the leaders in modern Mexican cuisine.
A CULINARY ADVENTURE GETAWAY

To enjoy access to these celebrity chef dinners, book 5 nights or more in a Preferred Club room at a participating Secrets Resort & Spa or an xhale club room at Breathless Riviera Cancun. Plus, when upgrading to a Preferred Club or xhale club room, you’ll receive additional benefits including, but not limited to:

  • Preferred status with exclusive access to restaurants, private beach areas and pools; varies by resort
  • Private lounge serving daily continental breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, exqusite desserts and a larger selection of premium spirits
  • Dedicated concierge service with personalized check-in and check out
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