Ajua Maya Restaurant Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Playa del Carmen
May 19th, 2011
The Alfaro Group Celebrates Ajua Maya Restaurant 10th Anniversary in Playa del Carmen.
Ajua Maya Restaurant is celebrating ten years in Playa del Carmen on May 21, 2011 with an Invitation-Only Celebration of Traditional Mayan, Mestizo and Mexican cuisine plus a touch of Virginia with live music all night – and, featuring, Chef Gabriel Sanchez Gómez, Ajua Maya’s new Executive Chef, will provide a sampling of his extraordinary traditional exican and Mestizo cuisines.
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(Press Release) May 19, 2011 – Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo, Mexico
On March 21, 2001, Jorge and Brenda Alfaro acquired Ajua Restaurant (now Ajua Maya) in Playa del Carmen. Their 2001 acquisition began a fantastic culinary journey, which transformed a small Playa restaurant into the current, Ajua Maya — a casual, sophisticated, five star dining experience. Ajua Maya specializes in Mayan, Mestizo, Mexican and a touch of Virginian cuisine; and now, ten years later, the Alfaros enjoy working with many of the same staff and wonderful Ajua friends who return each and every year to share their success.
“Immediately after the acquisition of Ajua, we worked hard to provide our customers with the highest quality ingredients and preparations available on the Riviera Maya,” said Brenda Alfaro, the Virginian partner. “This commitment to excellence for our customers and our staff has created a wonderfully warm and trusted environment, coupled with the extraordinary friendly service our Mayan staff provides, and the memorable culinary experiences created by our Mayan chefs.”
“We feel blessed,” said Jorge Alfaro, the Mexican-Mayan side of the couple. “Those who experience our creative and inclusive restaurant style, convey to us that we
are one of the best, if not the best, restaurant experiences they have ever had in their life. What a compliment. “
The Alfaros attribute their restaurant’s success to the extraordinary Mayan staff they have worked with for ten years. Brenda explained that the Maya infuse Ajua Maya with
their noble heritage, including their traditional community culture, which ensures harmony in daily life and in work, free of negativity and full of the joy of working together as a family and a village.
Their General Manager, Jorge Huchim Martin, and their In-House Accountant, Amilcar Torres Canul, along with their long term Ajua Maya brothers (yes, they have an all male staff – the norm in this part of the world — except for the lonely Virginian, Brenda), have dedicated the past ten years to ensure Ajua Maya not only maintains its commitment to quality but continues to strive to be better than before. They have been successful beyond anyone’s goals and expectations.
In 2011, with the extraordinary growth of Ajua Maya and its expanding reputation, the executive staff strategized it was time to bring additional talent into the fold at a management level, an executive chef , and the search began.
“It was quite a challenge to find the right personality match,” said Brenda Alfaro. “First, we reviewed many resumes and interviewed quite a few candidates. We felt we needed a chef who specialized in ancient Mexican Indian cuisine as well as Mestizo style (the fusion of ancient Indian recipes with those of the Mexican’s Spanish and French conquerors). In addition, we searched for a chef who was trained professionally and had a degree in culinary arts.
The challenge was not to find that combination; the challenge was to find someone outside of the Mayan world that would be able to respect the Mayan culture and the Mayan staff at Ajua Maya. Not an easy task.”
“We are proud to announce that Chef Gabriel Sánchez Gómez. originally from Puebla, Puebla, is a chef with great talent and dedication to traditional Mexican cuisine, joined us three months ago and has successfully bonded with his new Ajua Maya family plus the one Virginian female, my wife and partner!”, said Jorge Alfaro. “We are proud to have him with us and look forward to many more years of success and growth under his and all of our staff’s guidance.”
On May 21, 2011, Chef Gabriel will debut his Mexican and Mestizo cuisine in Ajua Maya, along with ancient Mayan dishes, at the ten year invitation-only anniversary bash at Ajua Maya for Ajua Maya’s friends, patrons, and VIP guests from Playa del Carmen.
Chef Gabriel debut will be supported by the incredible Ajua Maya staff, along with live music including Mariachis, Tierra Vera – Ajua ‘s Salsa and Latin Jazz Band, and “UnRated” – Ajua’ s Rock ‘n Roll Sundays band.
additional information, please contact Brenda Long Alfaro (Brenda@ajua.biz )
Office: +52 984 803 1118
About The Alfaro Group
The Alfaro Group was formed in 2001 in Playa del Carmen and includes Ajua Maya Restaurant, Ajua Weddings and Ajua Events.
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