One of the joys of returning home to Punta Mita Punta , the most exclusive residential beach community in Mexico, was to continue with this celebrated event we created over 6 years ago – a celebrattoon of golf and culinary excellence this year from November 30th to December 3rd, 2017.
• More than 20 chefs will offer a high-level gastronomic tour for guests.

• The American Express Cup will feature golf legends Lorena Ochoa and Craig Stadler 

Marrying the sophisticated worlds of culinary excellence, innovative mixology and championship golf in one of the most desirable destinations in the world, The seventh annual American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic will boast more than 20 renowned chefs from across North America as well as two legendary golfers from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

Celebrated chefs and sommeliers of international stature from across Mexico, the United States and Canada will serve exquisite dishes and wines for four luxurious days and three nights, allowing guests to experience the epitome Mexico’s luxury lifestyle. World-class fine dining will be redefined as these gourmet experts take guests on an inspiring culinary tour of North America—all within the resorts and private residences of this gorgeous beachfront community in the Riviera Nayarit.

Punta Mita features two of the world’s most striking signature golf courses, both designed by famed golfer Jack Nicklaus, that together offer 24 holes with spectacular views of Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Against the backdrop of this perfect setting, the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic will host 180 amateur golfers, divided into two groups, who will compete for the American Express Cup.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 30th, Golf Digest will kick off the event with the Punta Mita Golf Challenge. Lorena Ochoa, considered the best Mexican golfer of all time, and Craig “The Walrus” Stadler, winner of numerous PGA championships, will play a four-hole challenge at the Punta Mita Pacifico golf course to delight the audience.

The extraordinary culinary experience will begin on Thursday evening with an opening cocktail event presented by Aeroméxico and Delta Airlines at the Playa Las Cuevas at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. The resort´s talented culinary team, together with invited Chefs Richard Sandoval, Ford Fry, founder of Ford Fry Restaurants, Vegan Chef Leslie Durso and Argentine Chef Nicolás Díaz Rosáenz, from Four Seasons Buenos Aires, will welcome guests with their gastronomic delights.

On the afternoon of Friday, December 1st, Chef Abraham Salum, creator of Dallas Salum Restaurant, and Chef Matthias Fong, of River Café restaurant in Calgary, will offer a seafood-inspired feast at Kupuri Beach Club, as a tribute to the Pacific Ocean.

Later that evening, guest Chefs Leslie Durso, Nicolás Díaz Rosáenz and Ford Fry will serve special dinners at Aramara and Bahia restaurants, at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. Jesus Duron, Signature Chef of the AAA Five Diamond restaurant Carolina at The St Regis Punta Mita Resort will also welcome guest Chefs Franck Steigerwald and Miguel Navarro for a four-course tasting menu, in which each Chef will display his own unique creativity and talent using the same main ingredients, but adding a spark of his own style. As a result, each plate will offer three tasty variations of the same dish. The Residents’ Beach Club will also host Chef Betty Vázquez, and Casa Palmasola will host an exclusive dinner with Chef Andrew Ormsby.

In after-party style, at 12 a.m., a classic St. Regis Midnight Supper will be hosted at the Sea Breeze Beach Club. This event will showcase “Tacos Reinvented,” as international chefs offer their personal homage to Mexico in what The New Yorker considers “one of the hottest food trends in 2017—a savory trend we can all get behind.”

On Saturday, December 2nd, the two-day American Express Cup golf tournament concludes with an award luncheon. Concurrently, Chef Pato Pérsico, Executive Chef of Punta Mita Beach Clubs, will welcome Chef Matthias Fong to offer a unique gastronomic experience at Kupuri Beach Club.

The Closing Gala Dinner, sponsored by Travel & Leisure, will take place at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. Host Chef Manuel Peruyero and his team, along with Miguel Navarro, Signature Chef of the Michelin Star restaurant Es Fum of The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort, Franck Steigerwald, Executive Chef of The St. Regis Bal Harbor Hotel, Erick Guerrero, chef of DOS restaurant and a pioneer in sustainable cuisine, and Joaquín Cardoso, Executive Chef of the restaurant Carlota in Mexico City, will delight guests in celebration of the closing of this exciting, four-day experience.

On closing night, a traditional live auction will be held to raise funds for «Ayudar es Posible,” the foundation of former number one golfer Lorena Ochoa. Exclusive experiences, luxury products and stays at various St. Regis and Four Seasons properties around the world will be available at the fundraising auction.

Finally, on Sunday, December 3rd, the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic will conclude guests’ culinary tour at the Riviera Nayarit Farewell Brunch at Kupuri Beach Club, with creations from Chef Betty Vázquez and Chef Marco Valdivia, two worthy representatives of traditional Nayarit cuisine.

The sponsors of the seventh edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic include: Golf Digest (US), Tequila Patrón, Riviera Nayarit, Las Marietas, Aeroméxico, and Chubb Insurance.

For more details and booking information, please visit:

Reservations for The St. Regis Punta Mita can be made by calling (877) 250 8871 (from the U.S.), 1 800 786 8264 (from Mexico) or via e-mail at [email protected]. Reservations for Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita can be made by calling (866) 280-9490 (from the U.S.), (329) 291 6019 (from Mexico) or via e-mail at [email protected]  

For information about Kupuri Beach Club, please call +1 (329) 291 6620 (from the U.S. & CAN), (329) 291 6620 (from Mexico) or send an email to [email protected]

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About the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic

The Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic marries the sophisticated worlds of culinary excellence and championship golf in one of the most beautiful and attractive destinations in the world. Hosted by The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic invites guests to experience an unparalleled four-day extravaganza featuring the best of local and international cuisine, phenomenal wine, festive gatherings and world-class golf within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit. This lavish event of culture and sport, originally designed by The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, brings together esteemed chefs, famed sommeliers, wine experts, tequila masters and epicurean personalities from around the globe, who congregate to showcase their exceptional talents while guests compete in The Punta Mita Cup, a two-day golf tournament on the property’s prestigious Jack Nicklaus golf courses.


Some comments from the organizers:

Lorena Ochoa:

“I am very grateful to have the support, for the fourth consecutive year, of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic. This wonderful event celebrates the best of golf and gastronomy in the wonderful setting that is the Riviera Nayarit. My deepest gratitude to Carl Emberson and the entire Punta Mita team for their unconditional support to the children we help in my foundation.”


Santiago Fernández-Vidal, VP and General Manager Card Services American Express México:

“At American Express, we inspire the extraordinary lives of our Card Members. For us, American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic has become one of the most special moments of the year, bringing together the most select of the world of sports, gastronomy and wine in a unique setting, with tastes that represent the most meaningful attributes of our Customers’ emblematic lifestyle,” said Santiago Fernández-Vidal, Vice President and General Manager, Personal Cards, American Express Mexico.


John O’Sullivan, General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita:

“The culinary delights, world-class golf and unmatched beauty of our paradise resort community is beautifully showcased through the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, which continues to attract many visitors, year after year. We are thrilled to once again be a part of this wonderful annual event that brings together old and new friends in the most stunning natural setting.”


James Hughes, General Manager, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort:

“We are looking forward to the much expected seventh edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic. The continuous participation of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort confirms our commitment to seek opportunities to delight and surprise our guests with extraordinary experiences for the global traveler that visits the Riviera Nayarit”, mentioned James Hughes, General Manager of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and member of the organizing committee.”


Carl Emberson, Marketing & Operations Director Punta Mita:

«The American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic is a prestigious and high-caliber event that attracts the best sports and culinary talents in the world… We hope to surprise our residents and guests with one of the most exciting events that, together with American Express, we will carry out.”


Marc Murphy, Director of the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Conventions Bureau.

“We are delighted to celebrate in the Riviera Nayarit the seventh annual American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf, an event that has contributed to the positioning of the destination due to the caliber of the golf tournament and its exquisite culinary offering. This event is a remarkable example of the synergy of three key elements of our beach destination: luxury, golf and gastronomy, providing the best travel experience of our destination to domestic and international travelers. We are convinced that the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic is, without a doubt, an event that allows us to promote the tourism attractions for those looking to vacation in a destination full of energy and allure, charm and luxury” said Marc Murphy, Director of the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Conventions Bureau.”


Andrés Conesa, CEO Group Aeroméxico:

«For Aeroméxico, it is a great honor to be the official airline of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, promoting sports and one of the most important beach destinations in Mexico. As Aeroméxico is a socially responsible company, we feel very proud to continue being part of this event that also raises funds to support the growth and development of children through the Lorena Ochoa Foundation.»


Marcos Gunn, President North Region Chubb LATAM:

“For Chubb, it is a pleasure to be a sponsor of the VII edition of the American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic. It is an honor to be a part of this event, which promotes this incredible Mexican destination as well as practicing golf and fundraising for the development of children in conjunction with the Lorena Ochoa Foundation.”


Leslie Durso, Vegas Celebrity Chef

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Punta Mita’s wonderful Gourmet & Golf event and work amidst some of the world’s most impressive culinary talent. Punta Mita is a destination near and dear to my heart, and I’m honored to be able to share my creations with visitors and owners alike. Being able to leave my mark on such a magical place is truly special.”


Craig Stadler, Professional Golfer

“I’m excited to be back in Punta Mita for my second Gourmet & Golf event. I thoroughly enjoyed myself last year and I happily accepted the offer to return to kick off this year’s festivities. With its impressive course and stunning surroundings, Punta Mita has always been one of my favorite places to work—and play.”