International Food Festival #VillaLaEstancia
About the Food Festival
It is with great pride that The Villa Group, a unique collection of luxury resorts in Mexico, announces its second annual International Culinary Festival, Cuisine of the Sun. The star-studded event, curated for the second time by Food Network celebrity chef and USFOODS culinary specialist, Penny Davidi, brings together some of the biggest names in the food and wine industry. This year’s event is set to take place April 26-29, 2017 and will host a variety of events, including elegant dinners, beachside BBQs, poolside degustations, a Chopped Challenge sponsored by SugarFoods, and much, much more.
Villa La Estancia International Food Festival, “Cuisine of the Sun” will bring together some of the biggest names in food as well as top chefs from around the world.
Chef Gilles Epié
“American Frenchy Man”
This two-time Michelin starred chef is the epitome of success. His story starts when he was just 14 years old, training with some of the very best of chefs in France. He is the youngest chef to ever be awarded the coveted Michelin star, which he first won in 1989 at just 22 years of age.
Ever since, his career has flourished, earning him recognition as the Best Chef in America and Best New Chef in 1996 by Food & Wine Magazine. His mixture of bold flavors, simplistic style and fusion of French and Californian favorites has wowed even the most discerning of guests. This “American Frenchy,” as he is lovingly called by his fans, has served stars, such as Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, and Bruce Springsteen, among others, in addition to a number of U.S. Presidents and other world leaders, including Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Princess Diana, the King of Sweden and the Sheik of Qatar.
Most recently, Chef Epie is known for his appearance as a judge on Israel’s Iron Chef 2008, as the expert food correspondent for the BBC, and as the owner and chef of his Paris restaurant Citrus Etoile.
CHEF GILLES EPIE