The management of the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve — an ultra-luxury hotel property slated to open December 2012 — announced Friday a partnership agreement with award-winning Chef José Andrés to open his first restaurant outside the U.S. mainland at the property. The related investment was not revealed.
Andrés, the recent recipient of the 2011 James Beard Outstanding Chef Award, a trailblazer of avant-garde and traditional Spanish cuisine, will fuse his knowledge of haute cooking and regional flavors to offer guests of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve a truly exceptional culinary experience in the heart of the Caribbean.
“Dorado Beach reminds me of my youth in Asturias – an astonishing mix of breathtaking scenery, remarkable history and delicious flavors,” said Andrés. “My vision is to create a menu that tells the story of this fascinating region and its diverse cultures and influences and features a unique blend of quality ingredients, rich with the flavors of the island.”
“Renowned as a culinary mastermind, we are thrilled that José Andrés will introduce his first restaurant outside the United States at the first Reserve in the Western Hemisphere,” said Rainer Zinngrebe, vice president of culinary for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “As a luxury enclave in Puerto Rico, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will appeal to discerning travelers from around the world for its rich legacy, acclaimed amenities and picturesque surroundings.”
“Our collaboration with José will further reinforce Dorado Beach as the premier luxury retreat in the Caribbean, providing guests with a truly one-of-a-kind experience,” he added.
The restaurant’s menu will be a delectable union of the island’s classical “cocina criolla” cuisine, the vibrant flavors of the chef’s native Spain, and the rich nuances of Americana cooking. Open for breakfast and dinner, the restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating, private dining spaces and a rum bar.