Culinary event La Gran Noche del Chef honored Alberto Pérez for fifty successful years of his prestigious restaurant La Palapa. Pérez received this accolade from chefs Thierry Blouet and last year’s recipient, Nacho Cadena, along with Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group Director John Youden. As is customary, the award recipient remains undisclosed until the actual event takes place. As such, it was an unexpected surprise for  Pérez who was accompanied by his family and colleagues in this special occasion.

Pastry chef Paulina Abascal and international chef Paulino Cruz, were also acknowledged during the event due to their prominent TV presence at the ElGourmet.com network. Finally, Rogelio Hernández, who has been a waiter at La Palapa since the beginning, was also honored.

This is the third year in a row that La Gran Noche del Chef is held in Puerto Vallarta, this time celebrating Prehispanic year. A variety of sponsors and special guests traveled from other cities in Mexico specially for the event, which was open to the public for the first time. La Gran Noche del Chef founder Guadalupe Cruz Guerrero created the organization to promote gastronomic culture throughout Mexico.