Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto set to host Mexican Fest Chef Week in May

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto, a luxury Villa Group property, will feature three prominent chefs and noted culinary personalities as part of  “Mexican Fest Chef Week,” May 15-20. The six-day event, open to the public with reservations currently being accepted, will include chef demonstrations and lavish multi-course dinners.

The three participating chefs are Betty FraserKevin Des Chenes, and David Fuerte. Each has taken a different path carving out an impressive resumé in the culinary world:

  • Fraser, co-owner and executive chef of the award-winning restaurant Grub, in Hollywood, Calif., was a fan favorite as a contestant on the second season of Top Chef, Bravo’s hit television series, and the Top Chef Holiday Specialin 2007. For 20 years, Fraser also was executive chef for a popular catering business, As You Like It Catering. In addition, she was a judge for Master Chef Junior, a cooking program with Gordon Ramsay.


  • Des Chenes, executive chef and author of Beyond My Chef Coat, has more than 20 years’ experience in the culinary world. He was named “Top Chef” by Las Vegas Food & Wine and was the winner of Top Celebrity Chef Showdown. Des Chenes has also been a chef expert for Ramsay, and appeared on two Food Network programs, Chef Wantedand Beat Bobby Flay.


  • David Fuerte is the CEO and Founder of Made For Chefs, a company that creates quality chef products, supports a platform that promotes working chefs, and features chefs in their premiere live event, The Chef Throwdown.  Made for Chefs has expanded into a restaurant group, seeking to form multiple concepts throughout the country.


Fuerte draws upon his professional culinary experience, immersive travel abroad, and a childhood of helping cultivate land in the ranches of Mexico where he inherently began to appreciate and acquire the love for food.

Additionally, each of these chefs has an appreciation for the Mexican culinary scene and in particular, the fresh seafood and abundant variety of produce in Baja California Sur. Mexican food is not just having a moment – it’s booming across the entire United States.

“We are so grateful that these notable chefs have an appreciation for the current Mexican culinary scene and are joining us to honor our Mexican traditions,” said Sixto Navarro, general manager, Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto.  “Their talents, combined with our resort’s culinary team, promise to make this a memorable event.”

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Mexican Fest Chef Week opens Tuesday,  May 15, with an evening cocktail reception. Wednesday’s highlight is a five-course dinner prepared by Chef David Fuerte at the property’s Danzante Fine Dining restaurant, which recently was singled by Wine Spectator with the magazine’s prestigious “Award of Excellence.”

Chef Des Chenes shows off his talents Thursday night with TEXMEX BQQ buffet dinner on the beach, while Chef Fraser headlines Friday’s four-course dinner at Casa Mia, the resort’s open-air restaurant. All three chefs come together Saturday night to prepare an elaborate Mexican Fiesta buffet, and the trio will again team for the final event, a lavish Sunday brunch at The Market.

Chef demonstrations are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday and will provide guests with up-close-and-personal looks at preparing unique dishes and interaction with all three.

The Mexican Fest Chef Week guest package includes luxurious lodging accommodations in a deluxe suite as well as participation in all demonstrations, receptions, and meals. Rates start at $933 per person based on double occupancy, per seven-night’s stay.

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto takes features the resort’s 4,447 acres, which includes long stretches of exquisite shoreline, plus stunning ocean and mountain views. The resort features TPC Danzante Bay, the Rees Jones-designed course on the Baja Peninsula’s eastern coastline; three restaurants; five swimming pools; the 39,000-square-foot Sabila Spa; tennis courts, and miles of hiking trails.


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