Something is always cookin’ with John Gray

Posted May 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink

Riviera Maya Chef Launches New Menu Concept John Gray Restaurant Group Moves to Fixed Price Menu

John Gray is a good amigo of ours, we have known him for years, and he always has somethin’ cookin’….

The John Gray Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the introduction of a new menu concept in both of its Riviera Maya restaurant locations. Beginning in May, John Gray’s Kitchen in Puerto Morelos and John Gray’s Place in Playa del Carmen will introduce a fixed price menu. Guests will be able to choose from a selection of Chef Gray’s popular signature dishes as well as new culinary creations. The menus will change weekly and will feature seasonal produce, locally caught seafood and of, course, the creativity of Chef Gray and his enthusiastic staff. A two course lunch, served with a soda, iced tea or beer will be $100 pesos per person. An elegant dinner, with a choice of appetizer and entrée is set at $200 pesos.

Fans of John Gray will be pleased to know the tireless Chef will be personally heading up not only the menu creation but also its execution in both locations nightly. “Historically, the “Kitchen” in Puerto Morelos has attracted an early dining crowd. I can be there for prep and service and still have time to chat with the guests before heading south.” Gray explained “The dinner crowd in Playa tends to turn up later and stay later. It’s really the best of both worlds for me.”

The new fixed price menus were initiated this week and the response has been overwhelmingly positive from regular diners and newcomers alike. Devotees were pleased to find old favorites such as the pate, fresh fish with mango salsa and the Roquefort encrusted pork tenderloin sharing the menu with new items such as truffled deviled eggs and a charred tuna served in a lettuce taco. The duck, a mainstay on Gray’s menus, has received a makeover, being roasted whole and served atop smashed sweet potatoes and wilted watercress. “I’m looking forward to mixing things up a bit.” said Gray with a boyish smile “I want people to be surprised every week!”

The John Gray Restaurant Group is renowned for offering patrons thoughtfully crafted, seasonal American cuisine. With over 20 years in world class kitchens around the world, the innovative Chef is the driving force behind John Gray’s Kitchen, opened in 2002 in Puerto Morelos and John Gray’s Place in Playa del Carmen. Inaugurated in 2004, John Gray’s Place was quickly was named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot Tables”. In 2008, the restaurant, found a new home just across the street, underwent a dramatic redesign and reopened to rave reviews. The Den, a casual but chic bar/lounge, added to the portfolio in February 2009, is adjacent to John Gray’s Place on Calle Corazon in Playa del Carmen. In 2010, Chef John Gray was honored to represent Mexico at the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

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