DESTINATION AS THE ORIGIN: INSPIRATIONAL CHEF PROGRAM
The value of the Inspirational Chef Program transcends the hotel sector to spread the word about the island. It has thus become an important factor in promoting local culture. By using the resident artist format from the art world, in which creators travel outside of their normal setting for inspiration, we generate a programme intimately linked with cuisine.
Since 2018, we have brought leading national and international figures in the world of haute cuisine into contact with Canary Island produce, with the true star being the excellent raw materials offered by the island and small local producers.
For multiple days, the hotel becomes a creative laboratory where the chefs immerse themselves in our landscapes, meet our producers and develop unique culinary experiences with the resident chefs at our resort.
These days of exploration and camaraderie conclude with the elaboration of various dinners.
Finally, each chef is invited to discover local produce and use them in their recipes.
The VI Inspirational Chef Program was starred by Ana Rôs. The Slovenian Chef and owner of the restaurant Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia), with 2 Michelin Stars and number 38 in the list ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ 2019, who has been awarded as the best chef in the world in 2017. Ana Rôs, a prominent ambassador for Central European cuisine, discovered the flavors of the Slovenian mountains for us, while perfectly understanding our ‘Inspirational’ concept. The Slovenian chef visited different producers and landscapes of Tenerife thanks to the support and collaboration of the 'Consejería de Agricultura del Gobierno de Canarias' and 'Gestión del Medio Rural (GMR) y Turismo de Canarias'.
In March 2020, the 5th edition of the Inspirational Chef Program took place and featured a leading figure in the world of Spanish signature cuisine, Diego Guerrero, chef and owner of the DSTAgE Concept restaurant in Madrid, with two Michelin stars and three Repsol Suns. Diego Guerrero and his team immersed themselves in all the programme’s activities, which culminated in two magical dinners alongside the Padrón Brothers in Maresía.
In November 2019, the 4th edition welcomed Sebastián Frank, an Austrian chef and reference for new German cuisine. With 2 Michelin stars, he is the chef and owner of the Horváth restaurant in Berlin.
In the 3rd edition, celebrated in September 2019, we welcomed John Gregory Smith, one of the most prominent figures in British cuisine and the author of various books specialising in the gastronomy of the Middle East and North Africa.
In March 2019, we celebrated the 2nd Second with Tim Boury, a Belgian chef with two Michelin stars for the Boury Restaurant (Roeselare, Belgium). He had the opportunity to show new haute cuisine options based on local cuisine.
At the 1st edition in August 2018, we were graced by Peruvian Chef Jorge Muñoz (currently chef in Astrid&Gastón), who led Albert Adriá’s Pakta restaurant, the only Nikkei restaurant in Spain with a Michelin star.