Chef Jose Andres, whose culinary acrobatics won him the 2011 James Beard Outstanding Chef Award, will open his first restaurant outside of the US, at Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico.
Andres is truly one of the most talented chefs working. A Spaniard who’d worked under the tutelage of Ferran Adria, he is considered an innovator in his field. He’s behind such industry phenomena as Jaleo, Zaytinya and minibar by Jose Andres, all in D.C., as well as several concepts in Vegas and the highly anticipated The Bazaar by Jose Andres, opening in spring 2012 at the SLS Hotel Miami (the LA version of the same restaurant, at the SLS in Beverly Hills, is the It destination for foodies). The founder of ThinkFoodGroup is also a lecturer (he speaks regularly at Harvard) and TV personality (he hosts the PBS series Made in Spain).
At Dorado Beach, which is slated to open as a Ritz-Carlton Reserve property in December 2012, he will deliver a fusion concept incorporation the local cucina criolla with the flavors of his native Spain and American nuances. The restaurant will, of course, be located steps from the beach, which will undoubtedly enhance the experience. The restaurant itself will be designed by Adam Tihany, the genius behind such New York restaurants as Daniel, Per Se, Jean Georges and Le Cirque.
Dorado Beach will be the first Ritz Carlton Reserve in the Americas and only the second in the world (the first is at Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand.
What a room at Dorado Beach will look like