MIAMI (July 8, 2019) – The fifth edition of Festival Gourmet Barceló will take place at Barceló Maya Grand Resort from September 8 to 15, 2019. The event will feature eight spectacular gala dinners, each one masterminded by true culinary artists. A line-up of renowned Mexican and international chefs will show off their talents and delight guests with amazing dishes, showing off the best of the country’s legendary cuisine. “Since the very first Festival Gourmet Barceló, our goal has been to showcase the best of Mexican cuisine,” said Stefania Ballotta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Barceló Maya Grand Resort. “In collaboration with high-profile wineries, mezcaleras, and other local suppliers, we have been able to highlight the talents of several renowned chefs, bringing them all together at Barceló Maya Grand Resort year after year.” Highlights From the Fifth Annual Festival Gourmet Barceló Will Include: The festival will kick-off with a special Michelin Star-level gala dinner led by two of Riviera Maya’s most talented kitchen wizards: chef Alejandro Sánchez, Gastronomic Director at Royal Hideaway Playacar, and Maximiliano Sola, Executive Chef of Passion by Martín Berasategui. Representing Baja California, Chef Ryan Steyn and Martín San Román will join forces to showcase their mastery of European techniques. They’ll be using the best ingredients of Mexican gastronomy to create dishes featuring explosive flavors that play with textures and flavors. Handling the traditional Mexican cuisine realm, chefs Israel Loyola, Roberto Solís and Pablo Salas will bring to life the country’s classic recipes with a healthy injection of contemporary kitchen techniques. Representing the deliciously unexpected fusion between Asian and Mexican gastronomies, chef Salvador Orozco (from the Bull & Tank restaurant group) and chef Pedro Abascal (from Primo restaurant in Playa del Carmen) will awe guests with dishes that merge the best of both worlds. Surprise guest chef Darren Walsh will present an unexpected combination of dishes that showcase his ability to dazzle taste buds with unconventional and experimental techniques. The exquisite culinary creations of Barceló Maya Grand Resort’s very own executive chefs, Julio Reyes, José Manuel Diego and Alejandro López, have surprised and captivated guests during past editions of the Festival Gourmet Barceló. Year after year, these chefs have demonstrated the resort’s high quality gastronomic offering through their talented expertise and will continue to do so in the fifth edition of the festival. Pastry chef Iván Millán will be in charge of pleasing all of those with a sweet tooth at the Festival Gourmet Barceló. Chef Millán is best known for his apperance on Discovery Home & Health’s Latin American TV series Next Great Baker: Latin America, as well as his two published books surrounding his acclaimed reduced sugar desserts. To complement all the incredible culinary offerings featured in the Festival Gourmet Barceló, the resort has partnered with several high-profile Mexican wineries to curate the best wines to perfectly pair with each plate. Some of these wineries include El Cielo, Monte Xanic, Casta de Vinos, Viñas de Garza, Casa Madero, among many others. Additionally, agave-based drink specialist, Lala Noguera, will offer an exquisite listing of mezcals for this year’s festival. Noguera is known internationally for her extensive knowledge and support to the mezcal communities in Mexico, while actively promoting the modernization of production without affecting its authentic ancestral process. Festival Gourmet Barceló has grown to become an event of international stature over the past few years. This year, the festival will bring together 21 chefs, two traditional cooks, Mexican wineries, premium local distilleries and more to celebrate Mexican cuisine and provide a five-star experience for all attendees. About Barceló Hotel Group Barceló Hotel Group is the 2nd largest hotel chain in Spain and the 29th largest in the world. The hotel group’s portfolio currently boasts 251 urban and leisure hotels ranked between 4 and 5-stars with 55,670 rooms throughout 22 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. For more information or reservations, visit www.barcelo.com.