Two Grand Velas resorts in Mexico have made exciting culinary announcements.
Aurelien Legeay, head chef of Piaf restaurant at Grand Velas Los Cabos, has been named to the prestigious Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France). Members of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France are all French nationals. Selected by their peers, they are regarded among the most highly skilled in techniques and execution of the French culinary arts. These chefs are all trained at Michelin star-caliber institutions, and "are reshaping modern French cuisine in America," according to a written release.
Only 10 chefs in Mexico have attained this prestigious title, including Velas Resorts’ culinary director, Michel Mustière.
Legeay began his career in France, before traveling throughout Mexico and the U.S. to cook in cities such as Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. He has also worked for La Taverne du Mont d’Arbois at the Domaine du Mont d’Arbois and Relais & Châteaux.
At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mustiere decided to raise the bar for poolside service with new guacamole and ceviche carts that make prepare the dishes to order. Guacamole lovers can opt for the traditional preparation or choose from a menu of 10 different varieties. A sampling of the options include: Caprese, made with avocado, dehydrated tomato, mozzarella cheese, basil, parmesan cheese and pesto; Caribbean, made with avocado, pineapple, shredded coconut, strawberries, kiwi, mint and honey; and Poblano, made with avocado, Poblano pepper, white onion and corn.
Both carts roam the resort’s three infinity pools once a week. Even better? It’s all you can eat and included in the resort’s nightly rate.