María Marte lands this week in Doha from Santo Domingo to prepare an eight-course menu of culinary delights. She is the winner of two Michelin stars in Madrid and the top chef of the Dominican Republic, a country already famous for its music, its landscapes and its protected areas —with more than seven thousand endemic species—, its infinite kilometers of white sands bathed by turquoise waters and, above all, its charming people.
“It’s a pleasure and an honor for me to represent my country in preparing this exclusive dinner to conclude the 1st Dominican Week in Qatar”, said María. “It will be an opportunity to enjoy the best Dominican gastronomy, which I have spent all my life promoting, getting me two Michelin stars as well as the National Prize for Gastronomy in Spain”.
The Dominican Republic is the top tourist destination of the Caribbean, receiving almost 7 million tourists in 2019. It is also the top culinary destination, with exquisite flavors, a variety of homegrown ingredients and the talents of creative chefs catering to the most demanding tastes.
The Westin Doha is delighted to host the renowned two starred Michelin Chef Maria Marte, as she takes over Hunters Kitchen to create an exclusive culinary experience showcasing a fusion of flavors of the Dominican Republic, Latino and Mediterranean cuisine, said Ammar Samad, General Manager.
Mr Ehab Amin, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President – Qatar, added: “The Dominican Republic is a prime tourist destination and Qatar Airways is proud to support this culinary event, helping strengthen the link between the State of Qatar and the Dominican Republic.”
“I thank Ambassador Federico Cuello for the initiative and the invitation, to Qatar Airways for flying my team and myself in their splendid planes and of course to the Westin Doha for hosting us”, said Maria. “Hope to see you all next Sunday 15 November at Hunters’. It will be a unique experience filled with flavors from my country as well as Latin and Mediterranean ingredients”.
ABOUT MARIA MARTE:
Dominican Chef María Marte is the only female Latin American winner of two Michelin stars as well as the National Prize for Gastronomy in Spain.
She developed her strong affection for cooking inspired by her mother who was a pastry cook. She immigrated to Madrid, Spain, to become a chef and to study modern and contemporary cuisine.
She started working at “El Club Allard” where she earned the respect and confidence of her peers and soon she was leading the kitchen as Head Chef, getting two Michelin stars.
She is known for her creativity and for caring and respecting the products she uses. Her inspiration is translated as ¨hours of continuous hard work¨, where she implements avant-garde techniques to recreate the beauty, flavors, and aromas nature provides.
Her innovative and in-depth knowledge of the culinary techniques, mixing Dominican, Latin American and Mediterranean cuisine, are part of her rich gastronomic culture, gathering her multiple accolades and recognition.