Chris Bradley, Guest Chef at Kaiser Maximilian Puerto Vallarta

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It is time to celebrate culinary excellence at the 20th Annual Festival Gourmet. Chef’s from all over the world gather in Puerto Vallarta and cook with flair at area restaurants.

Chef Chris Bradley
Chef Chris Bradley

Kaiser Maximilian has been participating in this event every year and this time they are featuring Executive Chef, Chris Bradley from Untitled Restaurant in New York City. He brings years of experience and his special recipes to town.

“This is my first time in Puerto Vallarta,” says Chris, “I am excited about checking out all the fresh, local ingredients, especially the seafood and working with the team at Kaiser Maximilian.”

Chris met Andreas Rupprechter, chef and owner of Kaiser Maximilian through last year’s Guest Chef, Tony Aiazzi, also from New York. Andreas thought this would be a good fit for the festival.

“The event is a great chance to go to work in a kitchen outside of the US,” says Chris, “I use the farm-to-table concept at my restaurant in New York and I’ll have a chance to do the same thing in Puerto Vallarta.”

During the festival Kaiser Maximilian will be featuring special menu items created by Chris. They are participating in the Progressive Avant-Garde Dinner on Monday, November 17, 2014. Their desserts will be the featured. The Chef’s Table Dinner, New York, New York will be on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. You do not want to miss that. Reservations are a must because this event always sells out. You can call the restaurant at 322 223 0760 to secure your table.

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Kaiser Maximilian – Guest Chef – Festival Gourmet Puerto Vallarta 2014

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A world of experience lands in Puerto Vallarta for the 20th Festival Gourmet. Chefs from every corner of the globe will be sharing their talents and best cuisine from November 13 through 23, 2014 at various restaurants across the city and Banderas Bay.

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Restaurant Kaiser Maximilian has been participating in this yearly event since the beginning and this year they are proud to have Chris Bradley as their guest chef. He is currently the Executive Chef at Untitled located in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York. His cuisine at Untitled is described as upscale diner food with contemporary flair and farm-to-table cuisine. Untitled serves a seasonal, all-day menu featuring updates on coffee shop classics which are all made with carefully sourced, local ingredients like freshly baked breakfast pastries, eggs and omelets, pancakes, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. Untitled is proud to feature artisan ingredients and products from local sources. Chris has worked in stellar restaurants and his diverse culinary experience will be featured during Festival Gourmet. His past is quite interesting. After receiving a medical scholarship, Chris attended the prestigious University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a degree in English and philosophy. After graduation he decided to turn his longtime love for cooking into a full time career by traveling to the Appalachian Mountains where he was appointed head chef at Marketplace restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina. Bradley later completed his formal culinary education graduating from the New England Culinary Institute in 2001.

festival-1During his training, he apprenticed at Café Boulud, eventually earning a full time position.There, he worked under Andrew Carmellini (now the Executive Chef at Locanda Verde and The Dutch), as well as Jean Francois Bruel (Executive Chef at Daniel). He then cooked at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, moving from there to take over Astra, Palmer’s Upper East Side events space. Two years later he assisted with the opening of CP Steak DC in Washington. Chris then landed at Brooklyn’s Saul, where he was part of the team that helped the restaurant land a Michelin star-the only non-Manhattan Michelin star in the first NYC guide. He later returned to DC as Executive Chef at Ardeo/Bardeo, restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s casual American restaurant and wine bar. In April of 2007, Chris returned to NYC as a sous chef at Gramercy Tavern. Three years later, he was promoted to the Executive Sous Chef position, before becoming the opening Executive Chef at Untitled in 2010. He has been there ever since. Enjoy the special menu items Chris has created especially adapted for Kaiser Maximilian. Some will become part of the regular menu.

Kaiser Maximilian Oktoberfest 2014

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It was a wedding of epic proportions that celebrated the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810.

Kaiser Maximilian Puerto Vallarta
Oktober Fest Kaiser Maximilian Puerto Vallarta

The people of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event.

Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.

Today Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor characteristic of the 21st century.

Around 6 million visitors from all around the world converge on Munich for Oktoberfest every year and food is a big part of the party.

In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, you can celebrate Oktoberfest all month long at Kaiser Maximilian restaurant. There’s a special menu featuring dishes from Germany in addition to the traditional Austrian fare served at this very popular south side restaurant.

Kaiser Maximilian Oktoberfest Menu

White wine soup with cinnanmon croutons and sabayon
Spätzle with duck confit, cheese and Austrian onion rings
Celery salad with mushrooms and sautéed veal sweetbreads
Smoked sausage with sauerkraut and sautéed potatoes
Roasted duck with red cabbage and dumpling
Veal gulash with spätzle
Cottage cheese strudel with peaches and vanilla ice cream

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Come out and celebrate Oktoberfest at Kaiser Maximilian through October 31st. Whether dining al fresco at the European-style sidewalk café tables or in the intimate air-conditioned dining room, you’ll enjoy the fabulous cuisine, professional service and elegant atmosphere that have made Kaiser Maximilian one of Puerto Vallarta’s favorite fine dining restaurants.