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Published on : Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, in conjunction with The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, DINE , and the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Bureau, announces the successful conclusion of the sixth edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic. As part of the four-day extravaganza held January 28–31, 2016, 150 participants played in the Punta Mita Cup, a two-day golf tournament held on Punta Mita’s two prestigious Jack Nicklaus signature courses, Punta Mita Bahia and Punta Mita Pacifico.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita played host to exhilarating culinary events and dinners including the lively Punta Mita Iron Chef competition, hosted by James Tahhan of Telemundo fame. The competition offered a remarkable display of culinary mastery from Chef Carlos Gaytan, the first Mexican chef to be awarded a Michelin star, and Edgar Nuñez, Sud 777 – one of the top 50 restaurants in Latin America. The spirited competition continued as Mica Rousseau, renowned mixologist at Fifty Mils at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico DF competed against the team at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita showcasing innovative cocktails and colourful libations. Other featured events included Sweet Temptations by Paulina Abascal, Private Chef’s Table, and the Pre-Hispanic Experience, a culinary session focusing on ancient cooking techniques and ingredients.
“For the sixth year in a row, the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic unfolded as the premier culinary and golf event in the Riviera Nayarit,” said John O’Sullivan, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. “The incredible turnout year after year inspires our team to continue to create an unforgettable experience by working with our partners to bring together an impressive group of culinary and golf talent from around the world. We look forward to welcoming our loyal guests and new attendees at next year’s event.”
The extravaganza kicked off on Thursday, January 28 with the Aeromexico & Delta Airlines Opening Cocktail hosted at Sea Breeze Beach Club, where participant chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, tequila masters, guest and craft brewers welcomed guests with culinary delights and elixirs. Participants were delighted with an artisanal Mexican food market, 13 live gourmet stations, and music from renowned French DJ Roman Rosati. The event was led by talented guest chefs Abraham Salum, Felipe Donnelly, Andrew Ormsby, Diane DiMeo, Dean Fearing, Thierry Blouet, Alfredo Villanueva, Montse Estruch, Daniel Ovadía, Maru Botana, and resort chefs José Meza Gabriel Kolofon and Erick Ramos. The cocktail reception concluded with a Champagne ritual and fireworks.
On the mornings of Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30 the Punta Mita Cup was held on the two stunning Jack Nicklaus courses, with live food and beverage stations throughout featuring the opportunity to win a Porsche Boxter S PDK 016 when hitting a hole in one at the 17th hole of the beachfront Pacifico golf course. The exciting two-day competition featured three categories of two-player teams – ladies, men’s and mixed division. This year’s winners included: former soccer player and Fox Sports TV anchor Alberto García Aspe and Pedro Solis in the men’s division, Margaret Osberg and Sherry Evershed in the women’s category, and Hugo van Belle and famed culinary and lifestyle connoisseur Deby Beard in the mixed set. Winners of the golf tournament also enjoyed other exciting prizes such as a two roundtrip international flights for two, to any Delta destination worldwide.
“We are really heartened by the overwhelming response for the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, which has become a favourite for many Punta Mita homeowners and guests, who every year, look forward to a full weekend extravaganza of exquisite cuisine, wonderful wines, camaraderie and championship golf; making Punta Mita the Mecca for personalised service and timeless luxury,” said Andres Rossetto, managing director of Punta Mita Development.
This year, Golf Digest presented an exclusive golf clinic by professional golfer Craig Stadler, offering guests the rare opportunity to meet the legendary pro golfer, who has won numerous tournaments at both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour Level, and learn about some of his tips and techniques.