The second annual Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival, hosted by Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit, is set to be a star-studded experience for guests of the all-inclusive resort in Mexico to enjoy. This year’s gastronomy festival, held from April 26-29, 2017, will see the likes of some of the world’s most famous and talented chefs, mixologists and celebrity guests. The sumptuous four day affair, curated for the second time by US FOODS culinary specialist and Food Network Celebrity Chef, Penny Davidi, is set to be a grand event, with each big name in the culinary industry adding to the excitement and success that is sure to prevail.
Without a doubt, Penny Davidi will be the star of the show. Her talent and expertise in the culinary industry has won her much deserved recognition, not only as winner of Food Network’s Chopped All-Stars but also as a culinary force to be reckoned with. Apart from her central role as curator of the Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival, she is also owner of her own California eatery, Pizza Rustica, and ToC, a French style bakery. In addition to her own endeavors, Davidi is the menu curator and executive chef at Pump, one of West Hollywood’s newest restaurants.
This Food Network Star Season 10 finalist brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the Cuisine of the Sun table. Having served former U.S. Presidents, commanding officers of the USS Harry S. Truman and the like, Kyler is sure to stand out at this year’s Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival. His humor, lively spirit and unique performances make him one of the freshest faces on the culinary scene. Guests of Villa La Estancia are sure to enjoy his stellar performances during this year’s Chopped Challenge, cooking classes and Chef Dinner Under the Stars.
Making her debut at the 2017 Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival, this “Best New Chef” is sure to show off her unique culinary creations, which often showcase the best of traditional American cuisine, at the Star Chef’s Dinner at La Casona, an eclectic Mexican steakhouse at the all-inclusive resort in Riviera Nayarit. In addition, Weiss will be hosting a cooking class on the beach and participating in the festival’s exciting Chopped Challenge. Her insatiable tenacity and unique cooking style is sure to impress the foodies and master chefs who will be in attendance.
The Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival 2017 is proud to include Gilles Epie, a two-time Michelin starred chef, in its star-studded lineup. As the “Best Chef in America” and “Best New Chef in 1996,” Epie is sure to please at this year’s festival with his participation in cooking demonstrations, the Chopped Challenge, Dinner, Beach Party and Fashion Show, in addition to his solo dinner preparation at La Casona, Villa La Estancia’s Mexican Steakhouse. His mixture of bold flavors, simplistic style and fusion of French and Californian favorites are sure to wow even the most discerning of festival goers.
As the youngest presenter, this child prodigy and culinary master is sure to steal the show at the second annual Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival. As a teenage chef, he is set to demonstrate his talents during a cooking class on the beach and dinner at La Casona. Most well know for his role in the hit A&E Networks’ Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown, Chef Cloyce is sure to be hit and pure entertainment.
Once named among the Top Ten Bartenders in NYC, Davina Thomasula has been shaking up the culinary scene with her spectacular cooking and cocktail creations for a number of years. Her upbeat personality and stellar skills, which gained her world-wide acclaim during her performances on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, 24-Hour Restaurant Battle, Absolute Vodka’s Electrik Mixology Films, and B-OUT, will make for a scintillating culinary experience at Villa La Estancia, as she hosts a cooking class on the beach, wows the crowds with her mixology at dinner at La Casona and her overall presence during the sensational culinary festival.
The Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival is pleased to welcome return guest, Rahm Fama, a well-known foodie and meat-loving host of the Food Network’s show Meat and Potatoes. His passion for the culinary arts are sure to provide sensational entertainment at this year’s Cuisine of the Sun Festival, as he demonstrates his talent during cooking demonstrations, the Star Chefs’ Dinner and during the scintillating Chopped Challenge. Although still relatively young for such a long list of accomplishments, Rahm Fama is a well-respected chef who continues to impress foodies with his creative dishes and culinary expertise.
The Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival is thrilled to welcome back Michele Ragussis, Food Network Star’s season eight finalist. Her role as Executive chef at Central House at the Crown in Provincetown, Massachusetts and exciting performances in culinary competitions on such shows as NBC Food Fighters, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Chopped, and Midnight Feast make her the perfect addition to this year’s event. This talented competitor will truly be an asset during the Chopped Challenge, sponsored by SugarFoods, the talk show and cooking demonstration, the Beach Party, Dinner and Fashion Show, and throughout the entirety of the Cuisine of the Sun Festival.
This professional chef and interior designer will take her passion for entertaining to new heights the 2017 Cuisine of the Sun International Food & Wine Festival. A master of Mexican flavors, Jara provided guests with such a stellar performance during last year’s event in Riviera Nayarit, that the all-inclusive resort in Mexico was determined to have her back. Her vibrant personality and fresh twist on traditional Mexican food will be put to the test during the Chopped Challenge, Star Chefs Dinner at La Casona, and during her cooking demonstrations on the beach.
Patrick “Pat” Neely
Pat is a celebrity chef and restaurateur, who will be participating in the Cuisine of the Sun Festival for the second time. In addition to his cookbooks and popular Food Network programs, Neely has become a highly respected figure in the culinary world due to his passion for the art and his dedication to excellence. Pat will be honoring guests with his BBQ creations at the closing ceremony and during his cooking class on the beach.