Chatting with Maître Cuisinier de France Michel Mustiere of Grand Velas Riviera Maya
What is your pet project right now?
Right now, I am working on opening a new restaurant concept at the resort. The restaurant will feature the Yucatecan cuisine. We are taking the traditional regional cuisine of the Yucatan peninsula and transforming it into something gastronomically supreme with modern techniques.
Why do you think the food offered at a resort is so important for visitors?
Food is taken seriously these days, and guests want to be able to enjoy the best food when they travel. We love that we can offer guests the opportunity to try something different every day this is amazing.
Can you tell readers a little about the event coming up in November and why they might want to attend?
On November 20, the day the Mexican Revolution is celebrated, we will be participating in a Behind the Scenes Kitchen Party during the 21st Annual Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival at our sister property Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.
The gastronomic magic begins for guests after grabbing a handcrafted welcome cocktail for a seven-stop epicurean tasting tour through the resort’s kitchen. Along the way guests will have the opportunity to converse with and sample signature bites from me, along with Claudio Hotter (executive chef of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit), Jorge Sierra (executive chef of Velas Vallarta), and Eliseo Ibarra (executive chef of Casa Velas). Waiting on the other end of the tour is a grandiose arrangement of Patron cocktails, petit fours, artisanal cheeses, chocolate fountain, mixologists, and live music. You can find out more on the resort’s website.
Anything else you’d like to share with readers about Grand Velas and its various styles of cuisine?
There are no resorts in the market with our unique concept. From the variety of gourmet restaurants and quality of the ingredients to creativity and presentation, our restaurant are comparable to those in world capitals. Eight restaurants — including five gourmet offerings — present a culinary tour through Mexico, Europe, and Asia.
When it comes to food and beverage, we don’t just offer great food in our restaurants. We also have unique dining events for our guests — including hosting four Maîtres Cuisiniers de France this past October for a Best of France Event — and other foodie experiences such as tastings of hot sauce, taco, tequila, mezcal, and even sake, and showcase premium liquor brands and custom cocktails in innovative ways.