Chef Kevin Rathbun Plans A Visit To Capella Pedregal


I am counting down the days until July 11, 2012, when our Food & Wine Festival, A Taste Of Capella, begins.  In the last blog posts I talked with participating guest chefs Kent Rathbun and Johnny Iuzzini.  Today I continue my interviews with Chef Kevin Rathbun.

Chef Kevin Rathbun

Greetings Kevin!  The Food & Wine Festival is right around the corner!  Can you share with us what the guests can expect from the event?
I think that the guests that are attending will have an awesome time, my brother  (Kent Rathbun) and I seem to step it up every time were together, call it sibling rivalry if you like, or brotherly love.  Working with the products of the region and Capella Pedregal’s Marco Bustamante will be exciting.

What will you personally be preparing at the festival?
I’m planning to BBQ some local oysters for the beach dinner and to use some local seafood for the gala dinner.

To which part of the event are you looking most forward to?
I’m looking most forward to meeting new chefs and to howling at the moon- whichever comes first!

How would you describe your cuisine?
My cuisine is a melting pot of foods I love, spice and bold flavors.  I love the flavors of the Southwest and the Deep-South as well, grilling meats and shellfish with exotic accompaniments comes to mind.

Where and how do you get the inspiration when creating new dishes?
Traveling from place to place and eating new and exciting foods is a prerequisite in our business, reading blogs, food magazines and experimenting is what it’s all about.

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What is your favorite ingredient to cook with? Do you use any Mexican spices or ingredients in your day-to-day cooking?
My favorite ingredients to cook with are many, I’m from the Midwest so beef, corn and tomatoes are a must.  I love cilantro and chile of all kinds.  Spice of life I’d have to say.

Do you like Mexican food?  If yes, what is your favorite dish?
I love Mexican food, it’s in my wheelhouse, I love the bold flavors, colors and depth of deep Mexico, can’t wait to be there.

Do you have any Mexican dish on the menu at your restaurants?
I have many dishes on the menu that have influences of Mexico from a Green Chile Lobster Taco with Cascabel Cream to Hot Smoked Copper River Salmon with Habanero Creme Fraiche.

Have you been to Cabo or Mexico before? What do you like best about it?
I’ve never been to Cabo, but I recently did a private dinner and Horst Schulze [Capella Hotel & Resorts Chairman and CEO] was attending.  We spoke about how delighted he is with Capella Pedregal and how I better bring my wife because it’s such a magical place!

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Thank you Chef Kevin Rathbun!  I look forward to tasting your dishes in a few shorts days!

Johnny Iuzzini Talks “A Taste of Capella”

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Less than a month until our Food and Wine Festival at Capella Pedregal, and I am already getting chills when I think of all the culinary delights and fun we are going to have this July!  There will be something to satisfy the discerning palette of any food and wine lover – be it the “grill and smoker” style of cuisine as provided by Chef Kent Rathbun, the delicious steaks by Kevin Rathbun, the fine Mexican dining with contemporary touch by Capella Pedregal’s Marco Bustamante, or some of the ingenious desserts by Chef Johnny Iuzzini.

Chef Johnny Iuzzini gave me a glimpse on his food and activities at the upcoming Food & Wine Festival, and I am already counting down the days to be able to taste some of his tasty creations.

Hi Johnny, I am very pleased you are joining us at the Food & Wine Festival at Capella Pedregal. Can you tell me what can the festival’s guests expect from the event?
I am very excited to have been invited and I am planning on doing a cool modern pastry demonstration as well as making some super tasty desserts for two other events within the festival.  I think the guests will get to try a bunch of amazing food from some really talented chefs as well as hang out with us and talk food, drink and life!

To which part of the event are you looking forward the most?
I have never been to Cabo so I am excited to check out the local restaurants as well as meet some local chefs to learn more about the culture and flavors of the region.

How would you describe your cuisine?
I am a modern American pastry chef with a strong foundation in French pastry.  I like to make desserts that are not very sweet and often use vegetables.

Where and how do you get inspiration when creating new dishes?
I am a hands-on kind of guy.  When I am working on a new dish I usually focus on one ingredient and then build from there with other ingredients that compliment as well as contrast with the original ingredient.  I am always looking to integrate lots of texture as well.

What is your favorite ingredient to cook with? Do you use any Mexican spices or ingredients in your day-to-day cooking?
I really love using really ripe fruit in my desserts.  That said, I am also a serious chocolate guy.  I am always looking for new ingredients that I am not familiar with and try to use them in my cuisine.  I like using chipotle, chili peppers and jicama.

Do you like Mexican food? If yes, what is your favorite dish?
I love Mexican food.  I am a texture guy so I like dishes that have crispy shells with a really delicious cooked me, fresh vegetables.  I have a small thresh hold for heat so I stay away from the super spicy stuff.

Do you prepare any Mexican influenced dishes?
I always have some version of a flan, also I like making a different version of “tres leches” cake, probably my favorite Mexican dessert.

Have you been to Mexico before?
This will be my first time to Cabo San Lucas, I have been to Cozumel, Cancun and a couple other spots.  I have heard so much about Cabo and the pictures look so beautiful, I can’t wait to be there.  I am a scuba diver so I am going to try and get a few dives in.

Thank you to Chef Johnny Iuzzini for taking the time to answer my questions!

P.S. If you’d like to learn more about our upcoming Food & Wine Festival, you can get more information and make reservations here:,dining_viewItem_43-en.html  Hope to see you there!

El Chef Johnny Iuzzini sobre “A Taste Of Capella”

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Falta menos de un mes para nuestro Food & Wine Festival en Capella Pedregal, y a mi ya se me eriza la piel cuando pienso en todas las delicias culinarias y diversión que tendremos ¡este Julio! Habrá suficiente para satisfacer los más exigentes paladares de los amantes de la buena comida y el buen vino –ya sea la cocina estilo “parrilla y ahumada” del Chef Kent Rathbun, los deliciosos cortes de Kevin Rathbun, la alta cocina mexicana con el toque contemporáneo del Chef Marco Bustamante de Capella Pedregal, o algunos de los ingeniosos postres del Chef Johnny Iuzzini.

El Chef Johnny Iuzzini me dio un adelanto de sus actividades y lo que nos tendrá preparado para el próximo Food & Wine Festival, y desde ahora cuento los días para poder saborear algunas de sus deliciosas creaciones.

Hola Johnny, me da mucho gusto que nos acompañes en el próximo Food & Wine Festival de Capella Pedregal. Me puedes decir ¿que deberían esperar del evento los asistentes al festival?
Estoy muy emocionado de haber sido invitado y estoy planeando hacer una demostración de repostería moderna así como también preparar unos postres con mucho sabor para otros dos eventos dentro del festival. Creo que los asistentes deben de intentar probar toda la maravillosa comida de estos Chefs tan talentosos así como pasar tiempo con nosotros y hablar de comida, vinos y ¡de la vida en general!

¿Cuál es la parte del evento que más esperas?
Nunca he estado en Cabo así que estoy emocionado por probar la oferta gastronómica local así como platicar con algunos de los chefs locales para aprender más de la cultura y los sabores de la región.

¿Cómo describirías tu cocina?
Soy un Chef de repostería moderna Americana con un sólido fundamento en la repostería Francesa. Me gusta realizar postres que no son muy dulces, y muchas veces utilizo vegetales para ello.
¿De dónde y cómo obtienes inspiración para crear nuevos platillos?
Soy un tipo al que le gusta hacer las cosas con mis propias manos. Cuando estoy trabajando en un nuevo platillo normalmente me concentro en un ingrediente y desde ahí comienzo a construir con otros ingredientes que complementen y contrasten el ingrediente original. Siempre busco integrar las texturas también.

¿Cuál es tu ingrediente favorito para cocinar? Utilizas alguna especia o ingredientes  mexicanos en tu cocina diaria?
Me encanta cocinar utilizando frutos bastante maduros en mis postres. Dicho esto, soy un tipo serio en lo que a chocolate se refiere. Siempre estoy buscando nuevos ingredientes con los cuales no estoy familiarizado y trato de utilizarlo en mis platillos. Me gusta utilizar el chipotle, el chile piquín y la jícama.

¿Te gusta la comida mexicana? Si así es, ¿cuál es tu platillo favorito?
Me encanta la comida mexicana. Soy un tipo al que le encantan las texturas así que me gustan los platillos con conchas o cubiertas crujientes cocinados con vegetales frescos. Tengo una pequeña tolerancia a lo caliente, así que me mantengo alejado de las cosas súper picantes.
¿Preparas algún platillo con influencia mexicana?
Siempre tengo alguna versión de flan, también me gusta realizar mi propia versión del pastel “tres leches”, que tal vez es, mi postre mexicano favorito.

¿Has estado anteriormente en México?
Esta será mi primera ocasión en Cabo San Lucas. He estado anteriormente en Cozumel, Cancún y otro par de sitios. He escuchado tanto sobre Cabo y las fotografías son siempre espectaculares, así que no puedo esperar más para estar ahí. Soy buzo, así que voy a intentar también ir a realizar algunas inmersiones en Cabo.


P.D. Si quieres saber más sobre el próximo Food & Wine Festival, puedes obtener más información y realizar reservaciones aquí:,dining_viewItem_43-es.html  Espero verlos ahí!