IBEROSTAR Is Bringing Top Chefs to Their Top Properties in 2016
PHOTO: IBEROSTAR Punta Cana. (courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels and Resorts)
If you can’t stand the heat, make sure to stay away from IBEROSTAR Hotels and Resorts, because the kitchens in their various resorts are going to be sizzling with excitement for the rest of 2016.
The Spanish company owns and operates numerous hotels around the world — including many in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. They’ve chosen a handful of those hotels to host this year’s “IBEROSTAR Chef On Tour.”
Top chefs will travel to IBEROSTAR properties in Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic for a series of culinary tours and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.
When I say “top chefs,” I mean it…
While reading the information about the Chef on Tour program, I noticed the asterisks next to the various names and started looking for footnotes or annotations about the different chefs. Then, I realized the asterisks were actually stars— as in, the number of Michelin stars each chef currently possessed.
My jaw dropped.
Between the nine chefs, 16 Michelin stars represent a literally star-studded lineup that would put any other culinary festival to shame. These are not American household names in terms of showing up on the Food Network, but the restaurants which these chefs own, operate or represent are some of the most famed high-end foodie hotspots around the entire world.
Take Jordi Cruz, for instance. He’s a two-Michelin star chef from Barcelona, where he’s actually a household name thanks to his relationship with "Masterchef Spain." His work at ABaC Restaurant and Hotel in Barcelona (a five-star property) has earned him not only worldwide acclaim, but also a voice in the culinary world at a young age. He was the second-youngest chef to ever receive a Michelin star and now judges high-end cooking competitions.
Then there’s the famed Suzette Gresham of Acquerello Restaurant in San Francisco. She’s been cooking top-notch Italian fare for 35 years and has done so with incredible consistency. Her kitchen received its first Michelin star in 2007 and has received one every year until 2014 when it was awarded a second. To run one of the top restaurants in the world is impressive, but to do so in a competitive foodie paradise like San Francisco? There’s a reason Gresham has sent numerous younger chefs out of her kitchen into successful careers elsewhere.
The most acclaimed chef of the bunch in Daniel Humm, who has three Michelin stars based on his work at Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park, which was S. Pellegrino No. 5 restaurant in the world in 2015 and the list’s “Chef’s Choice.” Humm was also named an “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2012. His work focuses on uniquely New York-style food and ingredients, and some believe him to be the epitome of American cooking.
Combine the food these chefs and their compatriots on the “Chefs on Tour” program will provide alongside the tropical backdrops and limitless luxury of the IBEROSTAR brand, and what do you have?
You have the foodie opportunity of a lifetime.
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