Famous Segovia Suckling Pig Featured in Punta Cana Food & Wine Festival

World-famous Spanish chef José María Ruiz, a true ambassador of this Spanish region’s dishes, provided participants at the Punta Cana Food & Wine Festival with some of his hometown’s most famous dishes.

Chef Jose Maria Ruiz held his master classes at the Paradisus Palma Real Hotel, as part of the many activities the organizers of the Festival planned during the two-day event, held June 6 and 7. Before the official opening of the festival, the organizers held a gala dinner for special guests at the Vento Restaurant.

The festival also included wine tasting events organized by the prestigious Spanish winery “Bodega Pago Carraovejas,” as well as rum and beer tasting events. Also scheduled were culinary demos, organizers by the chefs of the renowned restaurant Passion by Martin Berasategui, situated at the Paradisus Palma Real Hotel.

In addition, a World Class cocktail workshop was held, sponsored by sponsored by United Brands-Digeo as well as a special culinary presentation featuring Chef Takehiro Ohno.

The 554-suite Paradisus Palma Real Hotel features nine restaurants, nine bars – six offering local national and international drinks and three poolside bars – a spa, golf facilities and an impressive convention center. This all-inclusive resort is situated right on the beautiful white-sand Bavaro Beach, in Punta Cana.

Jose Maria Ruiz

This world-famous Spanish chef opened his first “José María” Restaurant in the Spanish province of Segovia back in 1982. His goal was to renew the rich traditional cuisine of the region. He adapted and introduced native Segovia products in his dishes, added international flavors to his creations but maintained the natural flavors and aromas of the region in each of his dishes.

Chef Jose Maria Ruiz has received many national and international awards in culinary competitions, and is the owner of the prestigious winery “Pay Carraovejas” which is also a breeding farm for suckling pigs. His company’s symbol is the roasted suckling pig.

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