Golf Kitchen Punta Mita featured a collection of specialty guest executive chefs from some of the most prestigious international golf clubs and resorts as well as a two-day golf tournament on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses Bahia and Pacifico, recently ranked among Golf Digest’s “Top 100 World’s Greatest Courses.”
From April 26th to 29th, masterplan Punta Mita developer DINE, in collaboration with Golf Kitchen Magazine, hosted the first edition of Golf Kitchen Punta Mita. A four-day special event that created a unique experience that naturally combined the best of golf with top gastronomic experiences.
Pato Pérsico, Punta Mita’s own executive Chef and host of this event, welcomed Guest Chefs from some of the most prestigious Golf Clubs and Resorts in Mexico and the USA: Doug Blair, Executive Chef of Cassique at Kiawah Island Club and their Sous Chef José Carles Fábregas, Chrissie Bennet, Executive Sous Chef of Winged Foot Golf Club, Joseph Klages, Executive Sous Chef from Sebonack Golf Club, Damian Gilchrist, Executive Chef of Sankaty Head Golf Club, Lalo Palazuelos, Executive Chef from Club de Golf Bosque Real, Gastón Yelicih, Executive Chef from Cantegrill Country Club and Eva Millán, Executive Chef from El Camaleón Mayakoba Golf Club. This amazing team of chefs proved their culinary skills throughout different gastronomic experiences that took place during these days.
On Thursday April 26th, the guest chefs had the opportunity to represent their golf clubs at a four–hole tournament, an unexpected and friendly happening to honor the correlation between these two industries, a match worth watching and the perfect kick-off to this first edition of Golf Kitchen Punta Mita, with Doug Blair, Executive Chef at Cassique at Kiawah Island Club, South Carolina, USA, scoring his way to victory. Afterwards, Pato Pérsico alongside Damian Gilchrist, Joseph Klages, Lalo Palazuelos and Chrissie Bennett, hosted an exquisite opening dinner at the Residents Beach Club.
The following day, the Bahia Golf Course was the perfect setting to begin the awaited tournament, offering amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Banderas Bay and a challenging wavy-terrain which shows-off the players putting skills. Later on, guests were able to choose between two simultaneous dinners: Sufito, an oceanside restaurant at Sufi Ocean Club, welcomed Chef Gastón Yelichich, who created a delicious three-course Uruguayan menu. On the other hand, Jesús Durón, executive chef of the famous restaurant Carolina at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, was joined by Doug Blair to create a South-Carolina-meets-Mexico fusion menu.
The second and last day of the tournament, the participants played at the Pacifico Golf Course, best known for its famous island green, “The Tale of the Whale” - the world’s only natural ocean island green, and congratulations go to: First Place, Dermott and Martina O’Flanagan; Second Place, Juan Carlos and David Rosales; Third Place, Fernando José Arrangoiz and Eduardo Palazuelos. The tournament ended with a delicious lunch at the 18th hole, offered by talented Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita chefs Esther Sánchez and Héctor Leyva, and guest chefs Eva Millán and Chrissie Bennett.
The closing gala was celebrated at the Kupuri Beach Club, with an innovative concept in which Pato Pérsico, Lalo Palazuelos and Gastón Yelicich, born in Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay respectively, created a gastronomic tour of their countries with traditional dishes, transporting diners to a whole new flavor dimension.
To wrap up the first Golf Kitchen Punta Mita, an exquisite Sunday Brunch took place at the unique Kupuri Beach Club. The well-known chefs Doug Blair, Damian Gilchrist and Joseph Klages offered the perfect mix between sweet and savory: the best way to start any given day and conclude this exceptional event that will be forever remembered.
“We were thrilled to collaborate with the highly-respected Golf Kitchen Magazine’s Diana DeLucia in creating the inaugural Golf Kitchen Punta Mita Gastronomic Extravaganza,” said Carl Emberson, Director of Marketing and Operations at Punta Mita. “This extravagant event is in a class of its own in showcasing the very best cuisine the Golf Club industry offers.”
“Punta Mita was a fabulous host to collaborate with on our third Golf Kitchen event and the first at at Punta Mita,” said Diana DeLucia, Editor in Chief of Golf Kitchen Magazine. “Carl Emberson had the brilliant idea to add a golf tournament which turned out to be as a big a hit as the culinary delights. Many special thanks to all the Golf Kitchen Chefs who worked tirelessly to make this a special event, it is all about celebrating you.”
Thanks, in great part to our sponsors Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Bureau, Las Marietas Punta Mita and Pambuck, bringing our community together in good spirits to enjoy unforgettable culinary experiences, carefully curated selections of fine wines and outstanding golfing in one of the most beautiful resort destinations in the world.
About Punta Mita
Punta Mita is an ultra-luxurious, 1,500-acre resort and residential community situated in the Riviera Nayarit, north of Puerto Vallarta. It lies on a private spear-shaped peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, Pacific Ocean waters and lush tropical flora. Punta Mita is home to private villas and residences, two 5-Diamond rated Resort: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, a Tennis Center, four Resident’s Beach Clubs, and two Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship Golf Courses. Pacifico Golf Course is best known for its famous island green, “The Tale of the Whale”. The world’s only natural ocean island green. The Bahia Golf Course in Punta Mita offers more slopes around the greens and heavy contours to create more movement on the fairways and greens. www.puntamita.com
DINE, Mexico’s premier real estate development company, is the owner and developer of Punta Mita. DINE’s real estate portfolio includes commercial, residential and master planned communities throughout Mexico. DINE was founded in 1978 to serve the specific needs of the highest income sectors in Mexico, establishing unprecedented design quality in residential, commercial, leisure and corporate real estate development. www.dine.com.mx
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