• Pia Waldren and Tina Rose

    Pia Waldren and Tina Rose

  • Paty and Tim Johnston with the Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros

    Paty and Tim Johnston with the Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros

  • Kim Prior, Tony Melhem and Lou Petropoulos

    Kim Prior, Tony Melhem and Lou Petropoulos

  • Joel Fitzgibbon

    Joel Fitzgibbon

  • Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco and Mylene Mosella

    Jacqueline Pinto de Caruaco and Mylene Mosella

  • Hyatt GM Fredrick Arul, Shireen Sulaiman and Daniel Gasparri-Rey

    Hyatt GM Fredrick Arul, Shireen Sulaiman and Daniel Gasparri-Rey

  • Evelia Huicochea and her husband Colonel Crisoforo Martinez

    Evelia Huicochea and her husband Colonel Crisoforo Martinez

  • Elias Lopez and Rocio Escobar

    Elias Lopez and Rocio Escobar

  • Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo dancing!

    Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo dancing!

  • Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez Reino, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo  and Santiago Bollina

    Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez Reino, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Santiago Bollina

  • Ambassador of Cuba Jose Montano and Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Gangotena

    Ambassador of Cuba Jose Montano and Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Gangotena

  • Rodrigo Hidalgo dances with his mum the Ambassador of Guatemala Connie Taracena Secaira

    Rodrigo Hidalgo dances with his mum the Ambassador of Guatemala Connie Taracena Secaira

  • Ibelise Escobar and Pablo Esteban Bedoya

    Ibelise Escobar and Pablo Esteban Bedoya

  • Two to tango........

    Two to tango........

  • the Latin American Ambassadors and a few extra friends.....

    the Latin American Ambassadors and a few extra friends.....

  • The Hyatt culinary team....

    The Hyatt culinary team....

  •  Maria Teresa Garcia De Oteyza and Edward Sellars

    Maria Teresa Garcia De Oteyza and Edward Sellars

  • Nathan Burraston and Mariana Davila

    Nathan Burraston and Mariana Davila

  • Jose Tamos and Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo

    Jose Tamos and Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo

  • Svetlana Sharapa Zazo with Ambassador of Russia Vladimir Morozov and Elena Morozova

    Svetlana Sharapa Zazo with Ambassador of Russia Vladimir Morozov and Elena Morozova

  • A fine looking hombre Elias Lopez

    A fine looking hombre Elias Lopez

  • sweeping the floor.....

    sweeping the floor.....

  • Brendan Hammer, Inge Sigani, Georgie Skipper, Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez Reino and Ambassador of Cuba Jose Montano

    Brendan Hammer, Inge Sigani, Georgie Skipper, Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez Reino and Ambassador of Cuba Jose Montano

  • Director Hyatt Food and Beverage Michelle Bennett and Hyatt Executive Chef Nitin Kumar

    Director Hyatt Food and Beverage Michelle Bennett and Hyatt Executive Chef Nitin Kumar

  • Daniela Segovia, Alexandra Sanchez, Ambassador of Venezuela Nelson Davila and his wife Maria Teresa, Marcela Fiorillo and Jorge Bagnani

    Daniela Segovia, Alexandra Sanchez, Ambassador of Venezuela Nelson Davila and his wife Maria Teresa, Marcela Fiorillo and Jorge Bagnani

  • Ambassador of Cuba Jose Monatano and Ambassador of Guatemala Connie Taracena Secaira

    Ambassador of Cuba Jose Monatano and Ambassador of Guatemala Connie Taracena Secaira

  • Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo, Georgie Skipper, Chris Cannan and Paola Lasso-Corredor

    Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgardo, Georgie Skipper, Chris Cannan and Paola Lasso-Corredor

  • Senator Chris Back, Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez Reino and Victor Marillanca

    Senator Chris Back, Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez Reino and Victor Marillanca

Latin American Flavours Festival

10 September 2015

It was the kind of party you didn’t want to end and as the food, the drinks and the entertainment went on and on late into the night the thought of staying the night became an option. A rather nice one too.

I was one of the lucky ones, an honourary Latin American for the night celebrating the launch of the Latin American Flavours Festival in the Hyatt’s subterranean Centenary Ballroom which was akin to a Buenos Aries nightclub I remember. With 13 embassies contributing to the festival, they were determined to make it a typical Latin American style evening and succeeded admirably, especially as the guests wandered the room, watched the plate-up performed as part of the ‘theatre’ created for the event, mixed and mingled and tried everything. The Mexican Hibiscus-Lemon Margarita was divine.

With exceptional assistance from the Hyatt’s Executive Chef Nitin Kumar to test all recipes, balance the flavours of each country with his culinary team, the process of producing the feast began and then Director of Food and Beverage Michelle Bennett negotiated everything from décor to dancing service and ambiance.

The Latin American Flavours Festival runs from 11-22 September in the Promenade Café at the Hyatt. A culinary journey, First Class of course.