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Golf Kitchen: Meet the Chefs!


Meet the Chefs who will be a part of the spectacular Golf Kitchen Punta Mita, coming up this April 26-29, hosted by Punta Mita’s Executive Chef Pato Pérsico in conjunction with Golf Kitchen Magazine.

Ticket options include Golf + Dining, or simply the Dining (Kitchen) option — with or without accommodations. Area residents are welcome to join! Full details and the complete event agenda is found at:

And now, for the Chefs!

Guest Chefs

Doug Blair

Cassique at Kiawah Island Club, South Carolina, USA

Doug has traveled extensively for his career from a young age and was mentored by esteemed Restaurateurs Carmine Smeraldo and Tom Colicchio. Doug’s style of cooking is a perfect blend of rustic farm to table and upscale fine dining. Doug and his team were featured in the Golf Kitchen Cookbook, and he is now working on writing skills to talk about his passion for his trade and the camaraderie that he has with his peers. In the Golf Kitchen world, we all call Doug, The Man. His dishes will show why!

Jose Carles Fabregas

Cassique at Kiawah Island Club, South Carolina, USA

Jose Carles is a rising star in the Private Golf Club and Resort industry. Jose’s cooking talent was discovered by Stanley and Charles Pasarell of Royal Isabela Golf Resort, when they discovered Jose’s food truck and invited him to cook for them while the Casa Restaurant was being built on the property. Although Jose was playing the Tour for a while, he ultimately chose cooking as his future.

Jose has been mentored by Dave Pasternack of ESCA in New York and has a strong passion for Ocean to Table and Farm to Table cooking. It’s no surprise that after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico that Doug Blair at Cassique brought Jose to Kiawah!

Chrissie Bennett

Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York. Home of the 2020 US Open

Chrissie Bennett has had a strong passion for cooking from a young age, and her Jamaican-American roots have contributed to some incredible cuisine at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

Chrissie has been solely mentored by renowned Executive Chef Rhy Waddington at Winged Foot, and her talent in the kitchen is second to none. Winged Foot has given Chrissie the freedom to learn and create. She has cooked alongside Rhy Waddington at the James Beard House in New York City, many times; hers is a career to watch!

Damian Gilchrist

Sankaty Head Golf Club, Nantucket, USA

Before recently joining the Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket Island as the Executive Chef, Gilchrist led the brigade of the Ocean Reef Club in the Florida Keys for over 11 years. When this chef is not behind the stove, he can be found on the blue waters of the Atlantic or Caribbean Oceans.

Gilchrist is a certified executive chef and sommelier who has earned over 25 gold and silver medals in international culinary salons throughout his career. Stay tuned shortly for Damian’s private pinot label wine brand that may be coming to a club near you. Gilchrist attended the Culinary Institute of America at Greystoke and is a graduate of the Delgado Culinary Institute in New Orleans.

Lalo Palazuelos

Club Bosque Real, Mexico

Chef Eduardo Palazuelos studied at the “GlionCenter International Switzerland” school, and is currently the General Manager of Susanna Palazuelos Catering. His career as a chef began when he was a child, following in the footsteps of his mother, Susanna Palazuelos and ventured into the field of catering as a waiter. With experience acquired at Raynier&Marchetti, a major catering company in Paris, and as a Thai chef at the Marriot Royal Garden Riverside Hotel he collaborated with his mother and has stood out as a family business of high reputation.

Gastón Yelicich

Cantegril Country Club, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Born in Uruguay, Gastón has been a cook since he can remember. With several internships in England, Portugal, United States and Spain under his belt he created along with other partners Isla de Flores 1900 in 1996, considered by “The New York Times” as one of the best restaurants in Montevideo. Since 2013 he lives in Punta del Este and opened Cuatro Mares. In 2016 he embarked on a new culinary concept restaurant, El Jardín del edificio Celebra.

Eva Millán

El Camaleón Mayakoba Golf Course, Mayakoba, Mexico

Chef Evan Millan, graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and was selected within 9,000 cooks to be a part of the Master Chef Spain competition and participated until the final stage of the program. Currently Eva is the resident chef at Koba restaurant in the club house of El Camaleon golf course and with her charm but mainly her flavor has made this place a “must” for food lovers visiting the area.

Joseph Klages

Sebonack Golf Club, Southhampton, New York

 Punta Mita Chefs

Pato Persico

Punta Mita, México

Originally from Argentina, “Pato” began his passion for cooking in 1992 when he joined the Las Leñas Ski Resort’s Due Restaurant in the city of Mendoza. He has worked in renowned restaurants in France, Italy and more recently in his own restaurant, LatitudN in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Currently, in Punta Mita, this chef is behind the creation of the notoriously Mediterranean menu offered at Kupuri Restaurant. He is also the Executive Chef of Punta Mita Beach Club.

Jesús Durón

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Mexico

This young Chef has more than ten years of experience in successful restaurants. His experience in France includes time spent at the Michelin Guide restaurant, La Marine in Noirmoutier under the tutelage of Chef Alexandre Couillon, as well as Elmer in Paris where he served as Chef Partie Garde Manger and Patîsserie before his arrival in Punta Mita. He was recently appointed Signature Chef of Carolina, the gastronomic jewel of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.

Manuel Peruyero

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Mexico

As Executive Chef of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Manuel oversees all culinary operations of the five-diamond resort, including Carolina, awarded with the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award, Sea Breeze, Arecas, Marietas, Altamira, Oyster Bar, Mita Mary Boat, in-room dining, weddings & events.

Esther Sánchez

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico

Originally from Guadalajara, Esther grew up loving to be in the kitchen. Fascinated with traditional Mexican cooking, it was her passion, goal and challenge to excel at this form. She was recently promoted to Chef of Aramara Restaurant, the Asian fusion concept at the resort. She always strives to incorporate fresh and locally sourced seafood as well as market produce.


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Posted by PUNTA MITA on Monday, April 2, 2018



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