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Chef Xavier Perez Stone announced as UNICO 20 87's new Executive Chef

The winner of Iron Chef Canada 2014, Xavier Perez Stone has just been appointed Executive Chef of the Cueva Siete Restaurant, part of the UNICO 20 87 hotel complex in Mexico's Riviera Maya. After having successfully overseen Playa del Carmen's Axiote restaurant, Chef Xavier will add his culinary prestige to the adults-only, all-inclusive property, famous for its bright spaces, cultural immersion experiences and spontaneous concept.

Chef Xavier Perez Stone announced as UNICO 20 87's new Executive Chef

UNICO 20°N 87°W is welcoming an exceptional chef to their team with the announcement that the winner of Iron Chef Canada 2014 Xavier Perez Stone would be overseeing the hotel's signature restaurant, "Cueva Siete", famous for its unique focus on Yucatecan cuisine, which it elevates to new gourmet heights, especially more so after this recent appointment.

To reflect this change, the exclusive resort's Eat+Drink page has been updated with a new section highlighting the young chef's culinary achievements and what he will bring to Cueva Siete as part of a strategy to modernise Mexican cuisine and add new flair to traditional dishes. The new appointment is part of the restaurant's innovative rotating chef programme, where talent is actively sought out on a periodical basis in order to breathe new life into its cuisine with the assistance of fresh talent.

As Cueva Siete's new Executive Chef, Xavier Perez Stone, who had previously been the culinary mastermind behind the success of Playa del Carmen's Axiote restaurant, will add his personal touch and outstanding culinary skills in what UNICO 20°N 87°W describes as an attempt:

"[...] to evoke the everyday flavours of Mexican gastronomy through his dishes, supporting local suppliers and infusing native products primarily from southeast Mexico."

According to UNICO 20°N 87°W exploration, imagination and originality are all needed in order to fully capture the true essence of Mexico's many and varied regional cuisines, so that the diner can savour its uniqueness in every bite.

Chef Xavi's dishes draw inspiration from existing culinary traditions and then implements his personal twist, infused with cultural character, scents and textures thus showing off the soulfulness and purity behind everyday Mexican cuisine.

Beyond having been crowned winner of Iron Chef Canada in 2014, Xavier Perez Stone was awarded the 5 Diamond Distinction by the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 2013, was awarded for Gastronomic Excellence in Millesime Mexico and was the proud recipient of the Pascual Baylon National Gastronomy Award recognising his professional trajectory.

UNICO 20°N 87°W is a luxury resort in the Riviera Maya whose concept consists of providing guests with a fully immersive experience in all aspects of local culture. Guests booking a holiday here walk away having felt that they've made a deeper connection with the region and experienced a more authentic side of Mexico.

The resort's focus is strongly placed on authentic cuisine from locally-sourced ingredients, as well as drinks and cocktails that reflect the region's culture. Rooms are elegant, modern and minimalistic, with wooden touches adding an earthy feel and an overall soothing design to create a peaceful ambience. A holistic spa and wellness centre add to the facilities, as well as three unique pools and beautifully landscaped grounds who frequently host exciting pop-up events to throw in a certain level of spontaneity to the mix.

As its name suggests UNICO 20°N 87°W strives to be as original and unique as can be and stand out among all other all-inclusive hotels and resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. This adults-only property prides itself on offering inspirational stays where even the art decorating the walls in the rooms depicts Mexican culture. UNICO 20°N 87°W is about introducing guests to contemporary Mexico while basking in exclusive luxury.

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