Country of origin: Mexico
Specialty: Mexican cuisine
Chef Pedro Abascal is known for creativity, versatility and his love of locally-sourced products, characteristics he brings to his renowned Playa de Carmen restaurant, PRIMO, where he creates rustic-style menus which change seasonally to reflect the freshest local ingredients, inspired by his passion for the culinary traditions of Quintana Roo and the Yucatan.
Chef Abascal graduated from the Hoffman School of Hospitality in Barcelona in 2007. He worked in numerous Spanish kitchens before returning to Mexico to take a position at the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya Hotel, later opening the Duke Roma restaurant in Mexico City. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Food & Beverage Manager for Koba Casa Club at the acclaimed Mayakoba Resort, before being recruited by Thompson Playa del Carmen to serve as Executive Chef, overseeing the property’s three restaurants: Catch, C Grill and Cinco. He has made numerous television appearances on FOX, El Gourmet and as a guest juror on MasterChef México. He also launched his own Mexican wine label, Monociclo, from the vineyards for the Guadalupe Valley. With talent, vision and an impressive culinary career, Pedro Abascal is the culinary talent to watch in Riviera Maya.