Culinary Fests


The Villa Group Beach Resorts & Spas


Join in the excitement of another entertaining Culinary fest put on by The Villa Group Resorts in Riviera Nayarit. With a variety of activities, including Chopped Challenges, cooking classes, talk shows and more, guests are sure to have an incredible time at the Beyond the Border Culinary Fest 2019. Whether staying at Villa del Palmar Flamingos or Villa La Estancia Riviera Nayarit, guests will have the unique opportunity to mix and mingle with celebrity chefs, while enjoying the luxuries of two of the best family resorts in the region. Learn from the best, dine on the most delicious cuisine, and vacation like never before! Only at Beyond the Border!

Celebrities Chefs


Penny Davidi

Since the beginning, Celebrity Chef and Sysco Foods Culinary Sales Consultant, Penny Davidi has been the Cuisine of the Sun Festival’s curator. Similar to previous years, she has taken on the responsibility for inviting the celebrity chefs participating in this year’s event and is providing direction with the overall structure of the festival.

Born of Iranian-American decent and raised in California, Davidi is an innovative chef who has used the experiences in her family’s kitchen as a launching pad to create recipes that fuse creativity with unique personality. Since the beginning of her career, this talented chef has made numerous appearances on different cooking shows, including Season 7 of the Food Network Star, Chopped All Stars Season 2, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Kitchen Inferno. In 2014, she helped open PUMP Lounge in West Hollywood as Executive Chef and Menu Curator.

David Fuerte

David Fuerte is the CEO and Co-Founder of Made for Chefs, Artisan Street Kitchen Catering and Artisan Chef Creations. The companies are based out of Whitter, Los Angeles, CA, however the products can be shipped anywhere in the world.

Made for Chefs is centralizing the Food Network by bringing businesses and professionals in the food industry together in one marketplace. They make artisan chef creations – Butcher Blocks, Kitchen Islands, Knife Rolls, Cheese Boards, and more.

Chef approved and made by chefs.


Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
  • 7:00 pm – Welcome Cocktail
Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
  • 1:00 pm – Talk Show Style & Cooking Class
  • 3:00 pm – Chopped Challenge
  • 7:00 pm – Dinner: 4-Course Meal with Celebrity Chef
Thursday, August 8th, 2019
  • 1:00 pm – Talk Show Style & Cooking Class
  • 3:00 pm – Chopped Challenge
  • 7:00 pm – Dinner: 4-Course Meal with Celebrity Chef
Friday, August 9th, 2019
  • 1:00 pm – Talk Show & Cooking Class
  • 3:00 pm – Chopped Challenge Grand Finale
  • 7:00 pm – Dinner: Tropical Fiesta with the participation of Celebrity Chefs