Gastronomic Journey


One of Mexico’s top chefs, Xavier Perez Stone (l) returned to Toronto this week for an intimate industry dinner hosted by Mexico’s Grand Velas Resorts.

Chef Xavier – winner of an Iron Chef International competition last summer – is the executive chef at Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s Cocina de Autor restaurant, the first all-inclusive resort restaurant to receive the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award. Participants at Monday’s event were treated to an eight-course gastronomic journey with wine pairings.

The luxurious Velas Resorts has four properties in Mexico, two of which belong to The Leading Hotels of the World.

Chef Xavier is pictured with Sophie Raymond, Velas Resorts’ regional sales manager, Canada, and Luis Angarita, managing director, Velas Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta.

A similar Velas Resorts event is being held in Montreal tonight, followed by Quebec City. Western Canada events will be held in the New Year.