One of the delights of staying at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, the latest award-winning luxury property by Royal Resorts, is sampling the tempting culinary creations of acclaimed French chef Yann Cozic. The editors of Caribbean Journal certainly agree as they named him Hotel Chef of the Year in the Caribbean Travel Awards 2014.
Originally from Le Mans in France, Chef Cozic trained at the famous École Supérieure de Cuisine Française Ferrandi in Paris. He first came out to Mexico for his best friend’s wedding in 2004 and instantly fell in love with the land and the people. The following year he left France and traveled to Mexico City in search of work. He was recruited by Au Pied de Cochon, a famous French restaurant in one of the city’s leading hotels, starting as Sous Chef and working his way up to become Executive Chef.
Chef Cozic’s cuisine at Grand Residences is inspired by the fresh and vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean and the classics of his homeland with a contemporary twist. He works his magic with the finest seafood, steaks and locally sourced ingredients and the result is perfection. For the ultimate temptation, an array of indulgent desserts for dinner and delicate patisserie during traditional afternoon tea on the terrace has won him many ardent fans.
El Faro Grill, the signature restaurant at Grand Residences also features in Caribbean Journal’s 50 Best Caribbean Restaurants for 2014. With Chef Cozic’s delectable dishes, an enchanting setting with pool and ocean views and the attentive hospitality of Restaurant Manager Jorge David Vazquez and his team, it is the perfect spot for a memorable meal. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with family and friends or a romantic candlelit dinner with fresh orchids on the table, live music and a fine wine from the cellar chosen to complement your menu choices to perfection.
El Faro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offers themed Mexican, Italian and Seafood nights during the week. A second restaurant is due to open at Grand Residences in 2015 and will have a Mexican menu and décor.
Affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World®, a guarantee of excellence, impeccable service and quality, Grand Residences is also the Trip Advisor No. 1 hotel in the Riviera Maya, out of 353 properties. Nestled on one of the world’s finest beaches to the south of the picturesque fishing village of Puerto Morelos, it is an oasis of barefoot luxury where guests can relax and reconnect with nature and yet still be close to the shopping and nightlife offered by Cancún and Playa del Carmen.
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