Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Hosts Semi-Finals for Mexico’s Chef of the Year Competition

Chef of the YearSemi-finals for Mexico’s 4th Annual Chef of the Year competition will be held on October 1st and 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. each day, at Barceló Hotel in Ixtapa.  All activities, including conferences, cooking demonstration and the competition, are open to the public and free of charge.

The Chef of the Year competition (Concurso Concineo del Año de México CCMM) is designed by professional chefs and is one of the most prestigious gastronomical events in Mexico.  Participants will have their recipes judged on factors such as the flavor, texture, nutritional quality, harmony of components, originality and the utilization of Mexican ingredients and cooking techniques.

This year-long competition that began in June 2013 consists of seven (7) Semi-final events, held in different parts of the country, leading up to the final competition to be held in Mexico City in June 2014. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is host to the second of the Semi-final competitions that will include 12 chefs from the states of Guerrero, Michoacán y Morelos.

Chef Rurik Salazar, the new Executive Chef at Capella Ixtapa Hotel won the first Semi-final event held in Leon, Guanajuato this past June.  Now, the winner of this second Semi-final, along with the other semi-finalists in upcoming events, will compete with Chef Salazar in the final competition next summer.

Participants from the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area include:

Francisco Álvarez- Barceló Hotel Ixtapa

Albino de los Santos- Azul Ixtapa Beach Resort

José de Lucio- Desarrollo Arcano

José Solorio- Las Brisas Hotel, Ixtapa

Gervasio Rizo- Sunscape Dorado Pacífico Beach Resort

Juan Villafaña- Pacífica Ixtapa Hotel

Miguel Baltazar- Capella Ixtapa Hotel


Workshops and Classes are Open to the Public at No Cost


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: “Culinary Journalism: Achievements and Challenges in the Area of Social Networks.” Speaker: Ruben Hernandez, renowned Mexican journalist and founder of the Council of Gastronomic Journalists of Mexico.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: “Michoacán, Tradition, Culture and Innovation -Products and Producers.” Speaker: Lucero Soto, Executive Chef at Lu Cocina Michoacana Restaurant.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.:  “Aesthetics in the Kitchen.” Speaker: Sergio Camacho, Corporate Chef and Director of A + B de Banquetes Ambrosia.

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: “Mexico, the Land of Tastes and Traditions.” Speaker: Chef Eric Gonzalez, Sal La Fina Restaurant.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: “The Other Mexico City.” Speaker: Chef Daniel Ovadia, Owner, Ovadia Group.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: “The Chile in Mexican Cuisine.”  Speaker: Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, Owner of Restaurants Azul y Oro, Azul Condesa and Azul Histórico. Recognized researcher of Mexican Cuisine.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: “The Fish of León the influences of the ‘Nao’ in China.” Speaker: Chef Eduardo Wichtendahl Palazuelos, Owner of the restaurants Mar del Zur and Zibu.

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: “The Versatility of Flavors.”  Speaker: Rene Pinto, Corporate Chef, RICH’S Food Service.

During these two days, books will also be on sale: Cocinero del Año México 1ª edición  (1st Edition of Chef of the Year) for 100  Pesos and Diccionario Enciclopédico de la Gastronomía Mexicana (Mexican Dictionary Encyclopedia of Gastronomy) for 500 Pesos.

If you will not be in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area during this event, you can watch it via Internet at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cocinero-del-a%C3%B1o.

For more information, visit: www.concursococinero.com.mx or look on Facebook for Cocinero del Año México

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