SINT MAARTEN (MAHO) – Chefs Night returns to the all-inclusive, adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort April 17-21, 2019 hosted by Chef Görgen Tiden and partner Chef Jimmy Stening and is the fourth event to be held at the resort. This year marks the first-ever international Chefs Night, highlighting the talents of a group of global chefs from Sweden, Mexico and Taiwan, maintaining the Chefs Night ethos that a gastronomic experience should be shared and enjoyed amongst family and friends.   

After years of collaboration with the resort’s staff and island locals for previous Chefs Nights, Chef Görgen was moved to support the recovery of St. Maarten and Sonesta Ocean Point after Hurricane Irma by continuing the event at the resort.

“St. Maarten has truly become part of our Chef Nights identity, with so many memorable experiences of the island, the people and successful events with our creative culinary team,” comments Chef Görgen. “This year not only serves as a celebration of gastronomy from around the globe but also a welcome back to Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and our beloved St. Maarten.”

Chefs Night will consist of two gastronomic events taking place at Sonesta Ocean Point’s gorgeous Azul Restaurant complete with stunning views over Maho Bay. The menu for the April 17 dinner will be inspired by each Chef’s cultural heritage and the second dinner on April 19, will celebrate the local flavors of St. Maarten and the Caribbean utilizing regional ingredients and products. 

Dishes will also feature brand partner Carelian Caviar that is 100% natural and sustainably produced in Finland´s beautiful North Carelia water district. The Chefs will also utilize OFYR Grills, featuring an innovative circular surface that is functional yet sculpturally designed. Signature cocktails will be served courtesy of High Coast Distillery.

Below is the April 17 dinner menu highlighting flavors and techniques from each Chef’s country of origin along with carefully selected pairings from the resort’s extensive wine list.

Chef Ken Lin (Taiwan) will prepare Bao Buns with Five Spice Crispy Duck, Spring Onion, Pickled Cabbage, Mushrooms and Citrus Duck Sauce paired with a sweet and tart Riesling Columbia Valley 2017, Washington Hills.

Chef Jimmy Stening (Sweden) will present Nordic Scallops from Mykenfyr served with Browned Butter, Herbs and Caviar from Älvdalen paired with a buttery yet fruit forward Chardonnay Estate 2016, Hook & Ladder Winery.

Chef Mathias Andersson (Sweden) will make Morteon Bay Bugs served with Beach Grass paired with a fruity fresh Chenin Blanc Western Cape 2017, Indaba.

Chef Luis Fitch (Mexico) will prepare Short Rib with Smoked Chiles and a Huitlacoche Tamal paired with a robust Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2017, Washington Hills.

Chef Görgen Tidén (Sweden) will make Fallow Deer served with Lingonberry, Game Sausages and a Cream of Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke flavored with Truffle and a Jus paired with a balanced Merlot Insignia 2016, Luigi Bosca.

Chef Frida Bäcke (Sweden) will prepare a Cloudberry, Brown Butter and Almond dessert paired with a balanced fruity Moscato d’Asti “Bosc d’ La Rei” 2017, Batasiolo.

About Chefs Night and Participating Chefs: Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Chefs Night was founded by Chef Görgen Tiden, who currently owns and operates Restaurant Görgen in his home country of Sweden, has worked around the globe from Corfu to Nice collaborating with Michelin-starred chefs such as Alain Llorca. The Chefs Night ethos lies in the authenticity of the Swedish kitchen, highlighting fresh produce and handpicked ingredients crafting a balanced menu that is modern and international yet reflects the soul of his country. He established Chefs Night as forum where a unique network of talented, highly lauded chefs meets on a quarterly basis to create together and embrace local products. Chefs Night focuses on sustainability with the four elements as leading cornerstones: earth, air, fire, and water. By gathering around seasonal, sustainable dishes based on a local producer-to-kitchen philosophy, Chefs Night encourages a genuine union and collaboration for chefs and diners alike.

Chef Jimmy Stening is a barbecue pit master who participated in the 2016 Grillmästarna, the Swedish equivalent of Master Chef; the 2017 grilling competition between Sweden and Denmark and lent his talents to the 2018 Chefs Night in Sweden.

Chef Mattias Andersson worked under the guidance of Chef Görgen Tiden in Sweden before moving to Brisbane, Australia with his family 16 years ago. He has since worked in the Michelin-starred Connaught restaurant and Ecco Bistro and now caters to an illustrious clientele including Prime Ministers, entrepreneurs, private jet and yacht charters, charity events and even an astronaut. 

Chef Frida Backe is the pastry chef at acclaimed Svenska Kocklandslaget and the former pastry chef at Michelin-starred Restaurant Kontrast Oslo. She also won the Gold Medal in the World Cup with Sweden’s national team.  

Chef Luis Fitch owns renowned restaurant Los Xitomates in Queretaro, Mexico with previous outposts in Puerto Vallarta and Punta de Mita. He has been awarded the Five Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, Academic from La Academie Culinaire de France, and 1st Generation of Mexico Master Chefs in 2013.  

Chef Ken Lin has worked in restaurants throughout his home country of Taiwan. In 2018 he became the chef and owner of St. Maarten restaurant, Alina.

Reopened December 15, 2018, Sonesta Ocean Point Resort embraces a contemporary Caribbean style, offering an adults-only, limitless all-inclusive vacation experience, while bringing style, luxury and outstanding service to St. Maarten. Set in the most spectacular location with breathtaking views over Maho Bay, adjacent to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, the 130 all-suite ultra-luxurious yet sustainable “resort within a resort” sits on the westernmost point of the island and features three exclusive pools including the Edge pool with a zero entry cliff side beach, four bars and two restaurants including the signature Azul restaurant and other resort amenities such as 24-hour room service, state-of-the-art fitness center, an open-air wellness area and private cabanas. Amenities are complemented by exemplary service from personalized concierges and Butler service in the top 25 suite categories for extra comfort and next level luxury, all culminating in one of the most uniquely designed resorts in St. Maarten and the entire Caribbean. Apart from the exclusive amenities at Sonesta Ocean Point, guest will have full access to all services and facilities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa with five additional restaurants and bars, Serenity Spa with sauna and steam room, tour desk, sports courts, Casino Royale and more than 24,000 square-feet of brand new meeting and conference facilities.

Source: Souliga Newsday“chefs-night”-celebrating-local-and-international-cuisine.html