- Nayarit’s gastronomy will once again be front and center in “Mexico’s most famous kitchen.”
The Riviera Nayarit is set to “stoke the flames” twice over during Mexico’s most famous cooking reality show, which returns to the small screen next Friday, October 30, with a completely new look, new challenges, and new participants.
The participation of Chef Betty Vázquez, Culinary Ambassador for the Riviera Nayarit, for the fifth consecutive year is certainly a standout. However, the inclusion of Israel Díaz, Mixology Ambassador, is also making news: he will play an important role, charged with preparing cocktails to pair with the dishes created by the contestants. These will be included in the judges’ deliberations, and, in addition, he will assign a series of challenges to the participants.
Stoke the flames
But the surprises don’t end there. After proclaiming “At MasterChef we’re stoking the flames once again… and our dreams inspire new flavors!” the program’s producers let it be known this new season will have 20 participants instead of the usual 18.
The announcement was made a few days ago during the popular show Ventaneando after several months of speculation sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the changes: the broadcast will move from Sunday nights to Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
The program will be hosted by the talented Anette Michel, who has been at the helm since the first season in 2015. Chefs Adrián Herrera, José Ramón Castillo, and Betty Vázquez will be in charge of choosing the best cooks. Diego and Alanna, winners of MasterChef Junior, will also be on-hand as behind-the-scenes commentators.
This season’s culinary reality show will feature a member of the Armed Forces, a businesswoman, a nurse, a food producer, a folk dancer, and a bird watcher.
The Riviera Nayarit’s Ambassadors
Betty Vázquez is one of the most enthusiastic participants in MasterChef, since in addition to being one of the most popular judges in the program, for the past 10 years she has also been a tireless champion for the gastronomy of the state of Nayarit together with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.
This will be a first for Mixologist Israel Díaz in a TV show of this caliber. It was unexpected, but it’s undoubtedly a result of his talent and performance in the world of cocktails.
“I’m thrilled that MasterChef is not only the most famous kitchen in Mexico, but that it’s also embracing cocktails. I’ll be creating drinks to pair with the participants’ dishes and at the same time will be matching the theme for each chapter, making very Mexican cocktails that also embody a lot of history. And when it comes time to make their deliberations, the cocktails will help the judges relax,” said Díaz.
Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, praised the presence of the Ambassadors in the reality show, recalling the role played by Nayarit’s gastronomy in a more international context.
“We’re very proud of the work that Betty and Israel are doing—they have showcased and exalted Nayarit’s gastronomy at every turn. Congratulations!”
Remember, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure will be here when you can travel again.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) work together to promote the region with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit through its Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).