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Star-studded lineup for highlight of Hainan’s gourmet calendar
from December 8-11, 2016

Sanya, China, 3 November, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay is hosting its second “Nothing Ordinary” Food & Beverage Festival with eight international celebrity chefs presenting an extraordinary epicurean extravaganza for discerning diners and guests on China’s southern tropical island of Hainan from December 8 to 11, 2016. Star chefs from the United States, France, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam and Costa Rica are converging on the exclusive beachfront resort for one of the highlights of the holiday island’s gastronomic calendar.

The star-studded lineup includes French-American chef Hubert Keller, renowned for restaurant Fleur by Hubert Keller in  Las Vegas and recognized by Food and Wine magazine as one of the Ten Best Chefs in America; Charles Phan, the inventor of modern Vietnamese cuisine in America and owner of San Francisco’s Slanted Door family of restaurants; South Korean celebrity chef and ‘Cooking King Korea’ judge Edward Kwon; dessert artist Andres Lara, a veteran of two of the World’s Best Restaurants, El Bulli in Spain and Noma in Denmark; and multi-award winning Peter Van Es, a protégé of 3 Michelin-starred Michael Roux at the UK’s top restaurant, the world famous Waterside Inn, Bray.

Celebrated Ritz-Carlton chefs are also joining the cook-out, including Andrew Yeo, Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island; Xavier Salomon, Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco; and Andrés Jiménez, Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay.

The guest chefs begin their adventure haggling for premium seafood, local ingredients and fresh fruit and vegetables for their recipes at Sanya Market – and guests can register to join the tour and learn the tricks of selecting and bartering like a professional. Highlights of the fine dining fiesta include a sizzling beachfront barbeque, complete with live DJ; a decadent afternoon tea paired with dessert and port wines by world famous dessert master Andres Lara; and wine-paired Tasting Dinners at both Italian restaurant Sofia and beachfront restaurant Sand.

“As Sanya’s leading luxury hotel, we are thrilled to once again host this prestigious gourmet event,” said Mr. Hoss Vetry, Multi Property Vice President and General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay. “I’m also delighted to announce that this year’s ‘Nothing Ordinary’ festival will be more entertaining than ever, with new entertainment and interactive components creating an unforgettable gastronomy extravaganza.”