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Six Senses Douro Valley Welcomes Executive Chef Jorge Contreras


Six Senses Douro Valley is delighted to announce the appointment of Jorge Garibay Contreras as executive chef. He joins Six Senses Douro Valley from the exclusive members-only private resorts community, El Dorado Golf and Beach Club in Mexico.

Born and raised in Mexico, Chef Jorge was passionate about food and farming from a very young age. In 2002 he graduated from the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana, Mexico City with a Bachelor of Arts in Gastronomy. While taking his university course he worked every summer in New York – and that’s where he decided to move after his graduation and joined the Alain Ducasse group.

His culinary journey in New York continued at March Restaurant, a one Michelin-starred restaurant and concluded when he decided to travel back to his home country. In 2005, Chef Jorge moved to Baja where he found great inspiration in nature and the clean fresh ingredients when working for boutique Hotel Casa Natalia in San Jose del Cabo. One year later he started working for celebrity Chef Charlie Trotter in his "C" Restaurant at the One & Only Palmilla resort. Next he headed to the Basque country and Mugaritz, a two Michelin-starred restaurant, before returning to One & Only Palmilla resort as the executive chef.

Chef Jorge’s specialty is a blend of many international traditions, including Mexican, respecting flavors, recipes and techniques from around the world.

“I find inspiration in life itself and nature. Cooking is a universal language I use to express my ideas. I believe any ingredient possesses its own identity and has the potential to be reborn into beautiful creations and unique experiences.”

Nick Yarnell, general manager of Six Senses Douro Valley said,

“We are pleased to welcome Jorge to the team at Six Senses Douro Valley. I have no doubt that the quality of our service and offerings will continue to grow with the influence and experience that Jorge brings to our team.”

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