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Golf Chefs WOW On The Course, and in The Kitchen, at the Second Edition of Golf Kitchen Punta Mita

May 11, 2019 Golf Tourism No Comments

From April 25th to 28th, masterplan Punta Mita developer DINE, in collaboration with Golf Kitchen Magazine, hosted the second edition of Golf Kitchen Punta Mita, a four-day special event that created a unique experience combining the best of golf with top gastronomic experiences.

The Chefs of Golf Kitchen Punta Mita 2019

Pato Pérsico, Punta Mita’s own Executive Chef, welcomed guest chefs from some of the most prestigious Golf Clubs and Resorts in Mexico, Uruguay, and the USA who shared their culinary skills at the unique event. They included:

  • Michael Ruggiero, Glenarbor Golf Club, Bedford, New York
  • Tony Villanueva, Edgewood Country Club, River Vale, New Jersey
  • Ricky Motta, Garzon Club, Uruguay
  • Doug Blair, Cassique at Kiawah Island Club, South Carolina
  • Damian Gilchrist, Sankaty Head Golf Club, Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Lalo Palazuelos, Club de Golf Bosque Real, Mexico
  • Gastón Yelicich, Cantegrill Country Club, Punta Del Este, Uruguay
  • Yasuo Asai, Asai Kaiseki Cuisine, Mexico
  • Marcelo Pereyra, Coronel Pringles Restaurant, Argentina
  • Jose Carles Fabregas, Downtown Boquerón, Puerto Rico
  • Jorge González, Four Seasons, Punta Mita
  • Alicia Barajas, Tail of the Whale, Punta Mita
  • Anthony Giacoponello & Joseph Klages, Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, NY

On April 25th, the guest chefs represented their golf clubs at a friendly four–hole tournament to celebrate the correlation between these two industries to kick off the second annual Golf Kitchen Punta Mita. Executive Chef Jose Carles Fabregas of Downtown Boquerón scored his way to victory coming in first place. The opening Cuisine of the Americas dinner was in the beautiful setting of the recently relaunched Pacifico Beach Club, where guest mixologists and live music kicked off the event in grand style.

“What an incredible four days at this year’s Golf Kitchen Punta Mita. The camaraderie that is developing with all of the Chefs, members and guests is very rewarding to witness. I’m very proud of every Chef and Sous Chef for creating such a lavish selection of culinary Delights,” said Diana DeLucia, Founder of Golf Kitchen Magazine

The following day, the Bahia Golf Course was the perfect setting to begin the tournament, offering amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Banderas Bay with wavy terrain to show off players’ putting skills. Later, guests were able to choose between three spectacular dinners:

  • Sufito, the on-the-water restaurant at Sufi Ocean Club, with Chef Gastón Yelicich, who created a delicious three-course Latin American menu
  • Carolina, the signature restaurant at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, with Executive Chef Anthony Giacoponello
  • Pacifico Beach Club, overlooking the gorgeous white sand beach, with Executive Chef Lalo Palazuelos

The second and last day of the tournament, the participants played at the Pacifico Golf Course, best known for its famous island green, “The Tail of the Whale,” the world’s only natural ocean island green. Congratulations go to: First Place, Ricardo Trueba and son, eleven year old sensation Ricardo Trueba Jr. The tournament ended with a delicious lunch at the 18th hole.

The closing gala was celebrated at the Kupuri Beach Club, where guests took a culinary tour of the regions and styles of our guest chefs and Punta Mita’s own Pato Pérsico. They created an extraordinary 4-course menu–truly the perfect finish to a fantastic weekend in Mexico’s premier luxury resort destination.

To wrap up the second edition of Golf Kitchen Punta Mita, Sunday Brunch took place at the The Pacifico Beach Club. Host Chef Pato Pérsico and guest chefs “putt” this edition of Golf Kitchen to bed, bidding “hasta luego” to old and new friends. A silent and live auction sponsored by GrandStand Sports took place raising funds for the local foundations Peace & Fundacion Punta de Mita.

An enormous thank you to our sponsors Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Bureau, St Regis Punta Mita Resort, Grey Goose, Tequila Patron and Copa Airlines for the unforgettable culinary and sporting experience. Golf Kitchen Punta Mita is now an annual addition to Punta Mita’s offerings. Save the date for next year’s Golf Kitchen Punta Mita scheduled for April 30th – May 3rd, 2020.

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