Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s Cocina De Autor First All-Inclusive Restaurant to Receive AAA Five Diamond Award

Plus, Piaf Restaurant Receives First Four Diamond Award and Frida Restaurant Receives Second Consecutive Four Diamond Award

Cocina de Autor at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Cocina de Autor at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s signature restaurant, Cocina De Autor, was awarded AAA Five Diamond Award for restaurants, making it the first restaurant of an all-inclusive resort to ever receive the distinction. Cocina De Autor, serving gourmet Spanish and Basque cuisine since 2008, is also the first restaurant in the Riviera Maya to earn Five Diamonds in such a short time after opening. Cocina De Autor Chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mike Alonso are disciples of the famed Chef Arzak of Northern Spain.

The luxury resort’s signature restaurants, Piaf and Frida, each received a AAA Four Diamond Award. This is the first Five Diamond Award for a Grand Velas Riviera Maya specialty restaurant, the first Four Diamond Award for Piaf and the second consecutive Four Diamond Award for Frida, having earned its first Four Diamond Award in 2012. The “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort recently received its third consecutive AAA Five Diamond Award for hospitality.

According to AAA, The Five Diamond Award is reserved for restaurants that feature “highly acclaimed chefs and artistic and imaginative menu selections using the finest ingredients”. Less than .25 percent of the 60,000 AAA-approved and Diamond rated properties and restaurants receive a Five Diamond distinction, while less than three percent receive a Four Diamond Award.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

“We are honored our restaurants have received a total of 13 AAA Five Diamond Awards this year. We thank our dedicated chefs and staff for offering guests a distinctive fine-dining experience marked by high quality ingredients, creative presentation and attentive service,” said Fernando Garcia Rossette, Managing Director of the exclusive resort located five minutes from Playa del Carmen in the Mexican Caribbean coast.

Executive Chef at Cocina De Autor, Xaviér Perez Stone, was named Best Chef in Mexico in 2012, while the restaurant has also been recognized by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the “100 Best New Food and Drink Experiences”. Chef Michel Mustiere of the resort’s prestigious French restaurant, Piaf, is a Maître Cuisinier de France, one of only 300 in the world. Frida restaurant, headed by Chef Ricardo De la Vega, has won numerous awards for its “new” Mexican cuisine and novel features, including a roving margarita trolley and new Mescal Menu.


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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

1 comment for “Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s Cocina De Autor First All-Inclusive Restaurant to Receive AAA Five Diamond Award

  1. 2013-08-03 at 11:11 am

    This is a lovely resort at Riviera Maya and among the very best in Mexico. It has a fabulous swim-up bar and its beach is great for swimming in a practically private end of “resort row”. I was there shortly before the G-20 Summit. Splendid summarizes it all!

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